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RTD Board Approves Proposal from Kiewit to Finish I-225 Light Rail Line

On July 24 after hearing the RTD staff recommendation and public comment, the RTD Board is moving forward with a proposal from Kiewit Infrastructure Company. This will complete the I-225 Line from Iliff to Peoria and connect with the East Rail Line to DIA. Currently, construction is underway to Iliff as part of a contract with CDOT. The entire line is proposed to be completed by November 2015.

News Release
July 3 Presentation to the Board

Benefits of Completing I-225 Now

  • The proposal allows RTD to leverage the funds it has available to complete another entire rail line in the next three-and-a-half years.

  • The contractor's completion date ties in ideally with the opening of the East Rail Line to DIA.

  • It provides regional connectivity between Denver Union Station, DIA, and a major portion of the metro area.

  • It maximizes mobility for military veterans and their dependents seeking medical care at the soon-to-be completed Regional Veterans Administration Hospital as well as for transit-dependent individuals and to key job centers.

  • It serves a key employment and regional destination:  The Anschutz/Fitzsimons Medical Campus, including the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Children's Hospital and the soon-to-be completed Veterans Administration Hospital, serving the seven-state Rocky Mountain region providing medical services to approximately 57,000 military veterans.

  • It creates hundreds of additional local jobs, including military veterans.

  • Moving forward with the Kiewit proposal allows RTD to complete two additional projects−I-225 to Peoria and US 36 to Table Mesa−in the near term.

RTD will continue to pursue alternative funding and partnerships to build out the program as revenues allow and the market dictates.

Moving forward with the I-225 proposal reflects the FasTracks Guiding Principles:
  • Ensure every step contributes to the full vision
  • Focus money available to the greatest good
  • Spend public money wisely
  • Maximize outside funding before going to taxpayers
  • Deliver key investments in all corridors

This is yet another way we can "build as much as we can as fast as we can until it's all done."

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