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May 2012 News Stories


Aurora mayor eyes loan to RTD to speed up work on I-225 light rail Background phot of Aurora Public Library and notice that the the Aurora Police, Aurora Courthouse and DAurora Dentention Center are on site.
The Denver Post, Saturday, May 26, 2012
Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan envisions asking Aurora voters in 2013 for a tax increase to complete the light rail project from East Iliff Avenue to Smith Road near Interstate 70. If approved, Aurora would front the money to RTD, which would oversee the construction of the project, then the city could get reimbursed for the costs over time.


Denver FasTracks West Rail Line To Golden Opening 8 Months Early
The Huffington Post, Wednesday, May 23, 2012
The West Rail Line of a Denver metro-area commuter train network will open to the public on April 26, 2013. That's 8 months ahead of schedule for the 12.1-mile FasTracks line.


RTD says West Rail line opens early in April 2013
The Denver Post, Tuesday, May 22, 2012
The 12.1 mile West Rail Line will open on April 2013, eight months earlier than original projections, prompting praise from Regional Transportation District officials Tuesday night. "This is a huge accomplishment," said RTD General Manager Phil Washington.

Light Rail Plaza at Union Station grand opening in Denver (Photos)
Your Hub, Friday, May 18, 2012
The Denver Union Station Project Authority and the Regional Transportation
District held a grand opening celebration for the Light Rail Plaza at
Union Station Friday, May 18, 2012. Entertainment for the event included
rock band Electric Hammer, Coconut the Clown, a Zumba presentation and
Denver folk legend Roz Brown.


Developers in Denver's River North tap into neighborhood's creative juices
The Denver Post, Friday, May 18, 2012
As the commuter-rail station planned near Denver's River North
neighborhood gets closer to reality, developers are putting shovel to
dirt in what has become a haven for creative businesses.


Denver's Union Station to host Light Rail Plaza party
The Denver Post, Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Denver Union Station Project Authority and RTD will host a lunch time grand opening celebration for the Light Rail Plaza at Denver Union Station.



Yale bridge work over I-225 begins this weekend
9News, Friday, May 11, 2012
The start of work on the I-225 Light Rail extension has officially begun. The existing Yale Bridge over I-225 will be taken down, and will eventually be replaced with a larger bridge spanning the highway, to make room for light rail and widening of I-225 below.


I-225 bridge over Yale in Aurora coming down
The Denver Post, Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Officials on Friday will celebrate the groundbreaking for the I-225 Rail Line with a farewell to the old Yale Bridge, which will be replaced with a larger bridge to make room for the light rail and widening of the highway.


Denver RTD receives award for advancing design-build awareness
Railway Track and Structures, Monday, May 7, 2012
The Design-Build Institute of America recognized the Denver Regional Transportation District with its 2012 DBIA  Transportation Owner of the Year Award in the category of transit. The award was presented Thursday, April 26, during the 2012 Design-Build in Transportation Conference in Phoenix.


Peoria commuter rail bridge construction is top option that could begin construction next year
Aurora Sentinel, Tuesday, May 1, 2012
The agencies involved in the project - including the cities of Denver and Aurora, RTD, and the Union Pacific Railroad - are hosting a public meeting to discuss the planned train stop and new crossing on Peoria near Smith Road. RTD said it hopes to have work complete on the rail stop at Peoria and East 30th Avenue in 2016. The rail stop will be part of the East Rail Line, which will run a commuter train along the I-70 corridor to Denver International Airport.



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