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Alternative 4: DMU-BN/UP

Description: Diesel Commuter Rail on the BN-UP Rail Corridor

Reason Dismissed: Dismissed,
pending further RTD Board discussion, due to higher potential for
noise/vibration impacts in Olde Town Arvada and public perceptions of
diesel commuter rail.

Proposed Technology: Diesel commuter rail

Proposed Route: BNSF-Union Pacific (BN-UP) corridor between Denver Union Station (DUS) and Ward Road

7 Proposed Stations: 38th Avenue, Pecos, Federal, Sheridan, Olde Town, Arvada Ridge and Ward Road

EVALUATION CRITERIA  RESULTS/COMMENTS
Fulfills Project's Purpose & Need YES
Affordability/ Cost-Effectiveness YES: $433 Million
(Gold Line Budget $462 Million +/- 10%)
Environmental Impacts
  • Impacts are about equal to the Locally Preferred Alternative identified in the 2000 Major Investment Study  
  • Most impacts in the BNSF/Union Pacific Right of Way  
  •  No visual effect from catenary  
  • Concerns about diesel pollution
Community Impacts/Benefits
  • 18 properties that need to be purchased  
  • 18,535 population w/in ½ mile of stations
Consistency with local plans YES
Mobility Improvements
  • Travel time from Ward Rd. to DUS approximately 25 minutes  
  • Travel time by auto from Ward Rd. to DUS projected to be 50 min. in 2030  
  • Preliminary Ridership Projection: 14,000 to 17,000 per day
Community and Agency Support TBD

For a complete matrix of data comparing Level 2 Analysis of Alternative 4 to other Gold Line Alternatives, click here.



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