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RTD Board Approves Proposal from Kiewit to Finish I-225 Light Rail LineOn 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.
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."