Gold Line reaches another milestoneThe Gold Line reached another milestone in February 2014 when BNSF Railway
freight trains were detoured onto new track in Wheat Ridge and Arvada.
A BNSF Railway freight train rolls on new track as work on the Gold Line progresses
This shoofly detour, using the newly installed westbound Gold Line track
along Ridge Road, clears the way for work crews to shift the old
freight track to the south and make room for the eastbound Gold Line
track in the middle.
It's all part of the carefully sequenced work pushing toward our 2016 opening.
Four Gold Line stations get modified names
The RTD Board has unanimously adopted changes to four of the seven commuter rail stations on the Gold Line. The changes came after a final review of the names that had been in use.
There are several reasons for the changes. First and foremost, safety experts recommended that RTD re-evaluate any names that are duplicated or similar to existing stations already in the RTD system, to avoid confusion during emergency dispatching. As there already are stations named Sheridan, Decatur • Federal and Federal Center on the new West Rail Line, RTD decided to modify the names of the Sheridan and Federal stations on the Gold Line.
Also, in finalizing station names for the start of signage, audio and electronic announcements of station stops, RTD worked with Wheat Ridge, Arvada, Adams County and Denver, the local government partners on the project, to see if they wanted any changes to better fit their future land use planning efforts.
Here are the final names of all the stations:
- 41st & Fox (no change)
- Pecos Junction (change from Pecos)
- Clear Creek • Federal (change from Federal)
- 60th & Sheridan • Arvada Gold Strike (change from Sheridan)
- Olde Town Arvada (no change)
- Arvada Ridge (no change)
- Wheat Ridge • Ward (change from Ward Road)
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First Tracks Go Down on the Gold Line
Crews lay ties and rails along Ridge Road in Wheat Ridge on Nov. 8, 2013
The first track to be laid on the Gold Line is along Ridge Road in Wheat Ridge, with work heading east toward Arvada. Crews are grading the alignment, pouring ballast, setting ties and laying rails on what will be the westbound Gold Line track.
The reason they're doing this specific work is so that BNSF Railway freight trains can be detoured onto this new track while RTD removes and relocates the existing BNSF track on the south side of the right of way. The freight track must be moved slightly south in order to make room for all three tracks -- BNSF, eastbound Gold Line and westbound Gold Line. The goal is to keep a 25-foot buffer between the commuter rail track and freight track centerlines.
BNSF's new track will be continuously welded rail, eliminating the clickety-clack sound when train cars roll over jointed rails.
See the latest Gold Line progress and construction updates in the November newsletter.
Eagle P3: Halfway to Opening DayThe Regional Transportation District (RTD) celebrated another milestone on the FasTracks program. The Eagle P3 project, which comprises three commuter rail lines and a commuter rail maintenance facility, is halfway to completion and marked the occasion with a public event on Aug. 22, 2013, at the South Platte River Bridge construction site.
Tracks installed along the East Rail Line. July
The three lines are the East Rail Line to Denver International Airport, the Gold Line to Arvada and Wheat Ridge, and the first segment of the Northwest Rail Line to south Westminster. These three lines and the new commuter rail maintenance facility will open in 2016.
Video: Eagle Project Progress Spring 2013This video shows you how the construction is moving along on the Gold Line connecting Denver Union Station to Wheat Ridge through northwest Denver, Adams County and Arvada. You'll also get a glimpse of what's happening with the other projects that are part of Eagle P3.
See the Presentation from Gold Line/Northwest Rail Open Houses
RTD and its concessionaire Denver Transit Partners conducted five Open Houses in August to give updates and look-ahead information on the Gold Line and Northwest Rail Westminster Segment Line, now under full construction.
If you missed the events, you can view the presentation online.