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Winter 2013 Quarterly Newsletter

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Bridge Construction Highlights Progress

Photo of Peña Boulevard Bridge north approach spans under construction

The 1,953 foot-long Peña Bridge (pictured above) is located on the East Rail Line near Denver International Airport.


Construction on the Regional Transportation District's (RTD) Eagle P3 commuter rail project ramped up significantly over the past quarter. There are 22 out of 37 major bridge structures on the Eagle Project out of the ground and on their way to completion.

Nowhere is this more visible to the traveling public than along the road to Denver International Airport (DIA). All the way from Interstate 70 to the iconic Jeppesen Terminal, we're moving dirt, building walls and erecting bridges. The most noticeable work may be the 1,953-foot curving bridge that will carry East Rail Line trains over Peña Boulevard, just east of E-470. Travelers can expect girders to be set over the boulevard itself sometime in the near future.

But that's not the only structure by far. A much longer bridge, the Interstate 70 flyover, is taking shape south and east of the Airport Boulevard interchange in Aurora. Out on the Gold Line/Northwest Rail side of the project, the lengthy Utah Junction flyover bridge in southwest Adams County is the largest structure underway, and there are also bridges going over the South Platte River, 38th Avenue and a BNSF Railway freight track.

You can read more about the Bridges of the Eagle Project by going to Bitly.com/RTD_Bridges.

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Keeping You Connected: 2012 Public Outreach Year-End Review

Photo of public in attendance at East Rail Line annual open house at Central Park Recreation Center

The Denver Transit Partners Public Information team hosted a total of nine open houses on the RTD FasTracks Commuter Rail Lines (East, Gold and Northwest Rail Westminster Segment). These public meetings included information on construction and project updates, contracting opportunities and workforce development. At left, members of the community attend the East Rail Line Open House held at the Central Park Recreation Center in October 2012.

Totals for public outreach in 2012 by the joint Regional Transportation District (RTD) and Denver Transit Partners (DTP) public information team on the FasTracks commuter rail project was a rewarding effort. The project, known as Eagle P3, includes 36 miles of new commuter rail service on the East, Gold Line and Northwest Rail Westminster Segment, the Commuter Rail Maintenance Facility in Denver's Globeville community, and purchase of 50 new electric rail cars.

The Eagle P3 Project public information team was busy in 2012 establishing relationships with our key stakeholders, including elected officials, business owners and residents. Keeping the impacted communities aware of our upcoming and ongoing construction activities, contracting opportunities for small/disadvantage businesses and overall program achievements are always at the forefront of our responsibilities and commitments. Our goal is to provide project information that is pertinent, accessible and timely.

The chart to the right provides a summary of the amount of public information outreach conducted in 2012. The nature of our efforts range from personal conversations at public meetings to email and construction door hanger notifications.  From construction notices and road detours to station design and layout, the content of the information we provide varies and is targeted to address each stakeholders' concerns. We look forward to continuing our outreach efforts with you in 2013!

If you would like to have our team present to your organization on the Eagle P3 Project, please contact Farrah Peek, DTP Public Information Specialist, at farrah.peek@dtpjv.com or 303-861-6931.

Chart listing public outreach totals for 2012, including website visits, email contacts, public presentations, flyer distribution and information requests

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Rail Car Design Improved for Disabled

Photo of wheelchair user providing reaction to interior of new commuter rail car mock up

Community member provides her input on the accessibility of the ADA seating area and the overall accessibility of the mock rail car. 


New commuter rail vehicles that will be traveling the three lines of the Eagle Project in 2016 will have interior changes to make the ride easier for those with disabilities, thanks to public input received by RTD and DTP.

In 2011, DTP showed a mock-up of the rail vehicle's front one-third to gather public feedback on the interior design. Nearly 12,000 people toured the mock-up over seven weeks.

Visitors in wheelchairs and motorized chairs told us that they could use more maneuvering space to get past the windscreens to the wheelchair area. Although the screens were already compliant with Americans with Disabilities Act standards, the DTP design team shortened the windscreen adjacent to the wheelchair area by 10.5 inches, increasing the opening to 43.5 inches.

In addition, the bench seat in the wheelchair area will have a theater-style return mechanism so that a disabled rider will not have to lift it up.

Public input also led to reconfiguring the luggage racks to better utilize the space and adding more hand grips in the seating and entry areas for standees.

"The input RTD received was crucial in making sure the trains serve our riders' needs the best they can," said RTD Board Chair Lorraine Anderson. "But this proved especially crucial in making changes that will enhance the freedom of our disabled riders to get to where they need to go."

Photo of RTD Public Information Specialist Ana Mostaccero providing details of interior design on commuter rail car mock up

Ana Mostaccero, RTD Public Information Specialist, provides visitors details about the interior of the commuter rail car during their visit. 


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Station Profiles

A total of 13 new stations will serve the Commuter Rail Project's rail lines - East Rail Line, Gold Line and Northwest Rail Westminster Segment.  Below are this quarter's featured stations, along with the most current renderings for each.

Federal Station

Rendering of the Gold Line Federal Station

Rendering of the Federal Station located on the Gold Line in Adams County.

The Federal Station is located on the Gold Line at 60th Avenue, east of Federal Boulevard. From Denver Union Station (DUS), the Federal Station will be the third stop.
  • Travel time from DUS: 12 minutes
  • Travel time to end-of-line Ward Road Station: 13 minutes
  • Parking spaces on opening day): 280
  • Type of Parking: Surface

38th & Blake Station


Rendering of 38th and Blake Street Station on the East Rail Line

Rendering of the 38th & Blake Station located on the East Rail Line in Denver.

The 38th & Blake Station is located on the East Rail Line on Blake Street, near 38th Street. From Denver Union Station, the 38th & Blake Station will be the first stop on the East Rail Line.
  • Travel time from DUS: 4 minutes
  • Travel time to end-of-line Denver International Airport: 31 minutes
  • Parking spaces on opening day: 200
  • Type of parking: Surface
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128 Small, Disadvantaged Businesses on Project

Photo of employee of Rocky Mountain Flagging, a small business working on the Eagle P 3 Project, on Smith Road

An employee of Rocky Mountain Flagging, a DBE firm, directs traffic on Smith Road at Kearney Street in Denver.


There are 79 disadvantaged and 49 small business enterprises (DBE/SBE) working on the Eagle P3 Project to date under concessionaire Denver Transit Partners (DTP), which has exceeded its participation goals for the design phase and anticipates a similar result in the construction phase.

DTP's overall goal for participation by DBE and SBE companies on the design-build commuter rail project is nominally 20 percent. DTP is achieving this in large part through provision of support services and capacity-building programs.

DTP's outreach team meets one-on-one to assist with certification and prequalification, and to answer general questions about how to do business on the project. During summer 2013, the DBE/SBE Outreach Team will participate in a number of events where small and disadvantaged businesses are encouraged to attend. Find the events on the DTP website, www.denvertransitpartners.com.

DTP is planning to host a contractor outreach event in the fall, to launch solicitation of procurement for passenger loading stations. Following that, DTP will perform outreach for the long-term opportunities forecast for the Operations and Maintenance phase of the Eagle P3 Project.

To become a part of the DBE/SBE email database, please forward your contact information to Linda Wilson, our DBE/SBE Liaison, at linda.wilson@dtpjv.com. You will receive bi-monthly opportunity updates, newsletters, event invitations, small business spotlights and other exciting project news.

Chart showing Denver Transit Partners' contract payments, commitments and goals for small and disadvantaged businesses as of February 2013

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Denver Transit Partners Delivers Coats to Swansea Elementary Students

Photo of Greg Amparano, executive project director for Denver Transit Partners, helping a Swansea Elementary School student try on her new winter coat

Greg Amparano, DTP Executive Project Director, helps a Swansea Elementary student try on a coat donated by DTP staff. Overall, 75 students received donated coats.

Seventy-five children at Swansea Elementary School received winter coats - plus hats, gloves and mittens- through a Denver Transit Partners charitable partnership with A Precious Child.

Volunteers from the school, A Precious Child and DTP helped fit the children at an event at the school on Jan. 29, when the coats were distributed. More than 100 coats were collected or purchased by DTP employees, and A Precious Child provided hats, mittens, and gloves, in addition to coats.

A volunteer personal shopper accompanied each child to get sized and select his or her coat. The children were excited to try out the new gear in the snow that had fallen the previous night.

Swansea Elementary, near downtown Denver, is part of Denver Public Schools. Enrollment in the Free or Reduced Lunch program at Swansea Elementary is 97.9%. The East Rail Line goes through the Swansea neighborhood.

"Providing a basic need like coats to needy children in a community that will soon be riding the commuter rail train is a simple, yet meaningful gesture," said RTD General Manager Phil Washington, who attended the coat distribution.

The partnership between DTP and A Precious Child will continue throughout 2013, and includes a donation of $15,000 from DTP to A Precious Child. The donation will help provide basic essentials for children in need in Colorado throughout the year. The partnership between the two organizations will also include the involvement of DTP employees in volunteering their time to A Precious Child.

"DTP has selected A Precious Child as a partner in community giving because of its ability to serve children in communities along our entire project corridor," said Greg Amparano, Executive Project Director.

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Save the Date - Annual Gold Line/NW Rail Westminster Station Open Houses

The DTP public information team will host the second annual Gold Line/NW Rail Westminster Station open houses in April 2013. The open houses will provide an overall project update, construction information and job and contracting opportunities.

The dates and locations are as follows:
 
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Westminster High School
6933 Raleigh Street
Westminster, 80030

Thursday, April18, 2013
Highlands Masonic Center
3550 Federal Boulevard
Denver, 80211

Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Arvada High School
7951 W. 65th Avenue
Arvada, 80004

Thursday, April 25, 2013
Wheat Ridge Rec Center
4005 Kipling Street
Wheat Ridge, 80033

The open house will begin at 5:30 p.m. and end at 7:30 p.m.. Refreshments will be served.

For additional information, special needs request or to request Spanish translation, please contact Christina Zazueta, Gold Line/NW Rail Westminster Station Public Information Manager at 303-576- or via email at Christina.zazueta@dtpjv.com.

Hope to see you there!

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WIN Places 73 Community Residents Into Jobs

Photo of RTD WIN program manager Martell Dyles providing program information to the public

Martell Dyles, RTD FasTracks Business Opportunity Outreach Officer, speaks to a community member about the WIN Program.

Since launching in August 2011, RTD's Workforce Initiative Now (WIN) program has placed 73 people into jobs on construction projects, including the Eagle P3 Project, through Dec. 31, 2012.

Two dozen workers on the Eagle Project were hired through the WIN program, and a total of 60 are working on FasTracks projects. Thirteen participants have been placed on projects outside of RTD. With an average starting wage of $16.29 and 94 percent of workers still in their position after three months, retention is high. The program has been a stepping stone to promotion, with 13 percent of participants advancing into new positions after four months on the job.

The WIN program is more than a job training program. Some of the comprehensive services WIN provides include career coaching, interview guidance, referral for positions or training. A total of 44 local organizations have joined the WIN Network as resource or training partners.

For more information on this award-winning program, visit www.rtd-denver.com/WIN or contact Martell Dyles at 303-299-2474.

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Connect with Us Online!


Screen shot of RTD FasTracks web page containing Eagle Project construction and detour information

The Regional Transportation District (RTD) and Denver Transit Partners (DTP) are committed to providing comprehensive information throughout the life of Eagle P3 Project. To achieve this goal, both DTP and RTD have created their own unique websites to deliver information to the public. Here is a brief guide to what you can find on the two websites:

www.RTD-FasTracks.com
  • Current construction information
  • Current traffic detours
  • Construction photos
  • Overview of the Eagle P3 Project
www.DenverTransitPartners.com
  • Contracting opportunities
  • Job opportunities
  • DBE/SBE information
  • DTP key information
Visit both sites frequently, as information is always being updated!

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Project Progress Photos

Photo of piers under construction for the Utah Junction flyover bridge on the Gold Line and Northwest Rail

Pier construction on the Utah Junction Bridge on the Northwest/Gold Line

Photo of installation of underground drainage line on 40th Avenue

Reconstruction of 40th Avenue drainage on the East Rail Line

Photo of a line of concrete piers for the Interstate 70 flyover bridge on the East Rail Line

Construction on the I-70 flyover on the East Rail Line

Photo of concrete pour for box girder on the Jersey Cutoff bridge

 Concrete pour on the  Jersey Cutoff bridge on the Northwest/Gold Line

Aerial Photo of Peña Boulevard Commuter Rail Bridge North Approach, January 2013

Progress on the Peña Boulevard bridge of the East Rail Line

















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