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Eagle P3 Project Quarterly Newsletter - October 2014-January 2015

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Photo of Construction on the Moffat Flyover Bridge
Construction on the Moffat Flyover Bridge on the Gold Line

Peak Construction Milestones Set

The Eagle P3 Project rail lines - East, Gold and the Northwest Rail Westminster Segment - are in full construction to prepare for the testing and commissioning phase that will start in late spring of 2015. Through the end of this year, we expect to accomplish a number of milestones that will lead to the 2016 openings.

On the East Rail Line, which will travel between Union Station and Denver International Airport (DIA), the remaining work for 2014 will focus on completion of track installation and roadway reconstruction, and on systems connectivity and communications installation. Electrical wire will be installed on all of the overhead power poles from Union Station to DIA.

The remaining segments requiring track installation -the 5,000-foot I-70 Flyover Bridge and between Union Station and 40th Avenue - are on target for completion by the end of 2014. The reconstruction of Moline Street and 33rd Avenue in Aurora is under way. This will create a new and improved roadway that will be in place once the short segment of Smith Road between Moline and Quentin streets closes permanently. Finally, the public will see canopies being erected at the five intermediate stations in the coming months. The canopies already are being installed at the Central Park Station.

On the Gold Line, between Union Station and Ward Road in Wheat Ridge, there are a number of milestones that we look to complete by the end of 2014. The 41st/Fox Station pedestrian bridge, which will connect the Sunnyside and Globeville neighborhoods to the future commuter rail station platform, is scheduled to be completed. The steel span over the freight rail yards already is in place. The new pedestrian bridge, which will be accessible via elevator or stairs, replaces a 70-year-old pedestrian bridge at 43rd Avenue that was not accessible to disabled individuals.
 
The Gold Line will see a major transformation, with extensive rail construction occurring in Arvada from Alison Street heading east toward the 60th & Sheridan·Arvada Gold Strike Station. Within this area, the Moffatt Flyover Bridge west of Sheridan Boulevard is scheduled to be completed in the coming months.

On the Northwest Rail Westminster Segment, retaining walls and the station platform, along with a pedestrian underpass, will be under construction at the Westminster Station, located at 71st Avenue and Irving Street. Additionally, utility relocations around 64th Avenue are planned to be complete in late 2014.

As always, please note that construction schedules are subject to change, especially as we move toward winter.

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RTD Contractor Donates Full Day

to Serving the Community


The RTD Eagle P3 contractor, Denver Transit Partners (DTP), conducted its annual Day of Service on Sept. 12, giving employees a chance to do more than work on the commuter rail system.

DTP staff donated more than 140 work-hours and $6,000 to community organizations in the neighborhoods where the rail lines are being built. The organizations that benefitted from the volunteer work were Food Bank of the Rockies, Grow Local Colorado and Extreme Community Makeover.

"This day is designed to get co-workers into the community for a positive, hands-on impact," said Laura Rinker, DTP's Project Communications Manager. "Often, this connects volunteers to an organization for the long term."

Here is a recap of the successes, along and a big thank you from RTD to everyone involved in the Day of Service.


Photo of DTP volunteers collecting fresh vegetables
DTP volunteers help collect fresh vegetables with Grow Local Colorado

Food Bank of the Rockies
  • The volunteers pulled orders and filled pallets with a total of 47,694 pounds of food, which will provide 39,745 meals to people in need.
Grow Local Colorado
  • Volunteers harvested and delivered 257 pounds of fresh, local produce to area soup kitchens and food banks, making up approximately 900 servings. Grow Local Colorado is dedicated to growing food that provides fresh produce for local food banks and to feed the homeless.
Extreme Community Makeover
  • Volunteers cleaned an alley in the Swansea neighborhood, painting over graffiti and filling a thirty-yard dumpster with household debris and brush that was cluttering the area.

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Photo of Exterior of the commuter rail maintenance facility
Exterior of the commuter rail maintenance facility under construction

DTP Moves into Globeville

Maintenance Facility


DTP has begun moving into the new commuter rail maintenance facility (CRMF) following the September handover of the building from PCL Construction, the design-build contractor DTP hired to build it.

The Eagle P3 Project is in the process of applying for LEED Silver certification on the CRMF, highlighting our commitment to sustainability through the construction and operations.

The City of Denver issued a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy in September, signifying that the structure is suitable to be occupied.

 "With the CRMF complete, we can start receiving the rail cars, which leads to testing and commissioning, and finally, opening day," said DTP Stations Manager Troy Denike.

The 230,000-square-foot building is on a 30-acre site in Denver's Globeville neighborhood. It includes an outdoor storage yard where 66 vehicles will be stored.

During peak construction of the CRMF, there were 67 subcontractors including vendors, and 210 employees. Twenty percent of the project was performed by disadvantaged business enterprises (DBE).

DTP will run the commuter rail system under contract with RTD through 2044. The CRMF will serve as home base for about 220 workers who will operate, repair, clean, maintain and store the vehicles. It will be the brains and heart of the four FasTracks commuter rail corridors: East Rail Line, Gold Line, Northwest Rail Line and North Metro Rail Line.

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Photo of Elected officials on bus tour of Eagle Project
Elected officials receiving an up close and personal look at the Eagle P3 Project

Elected Officials Hit the Road

for Latest Update


The Eagle P3 Project's quarterly briefings of elected officials typically take place in a conference room with a screen and printed handouts. But the most recent briefing in September went mobile with a bus tour of construction out in the field.

About 20 people took advantage of the opportunity on Sept. 11 to visit work sites along the 36 miles of new commuter rail lines. Instead of the usual 90 minutes inside the conference room, elected officials and their staff spent three hours on an RTD bus viewing work on all three rail lines.

"If a picture is worth a thousand words, then getting out into the field and viewing the progress of construction is a priceless opportunity for our elected officials," said Kevin Flynn, RTD's public information manager for the project.

Passengers included not only local city council members but also state legislators and staff of the local Congressional delegation. The Eagle P3 Project crosses into six local government jurisdictions: Unincorporated Adams County, Arvada, Aurora, Denver, Westminster and Wheat Ridge.

You can review the same presentation they received onboard the bus by going to www.rtd-fastracks.com/ep3_48.

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Photo of detour sign
Follow detour signs to local businesses at road closures

Local Businesses Always

Accessible at Detours


Whenever RTD has road closures or lane restrictions in place due to our construction, we set up set up detours that allow the public to continue shopping or doing business at each and every one of the local establishments that are close by.

All of our local businesses can be reached even during the peak of construction. But sometimes, detours can seem intimidating to casual travelers, and as a result the businesses can feel the pinch caused by loss of drive-through traffic. RTD encourages the public to continue shopping, dining and doing business near our work areas and will set up clear detour instructions out on the roadways.

"Unavoidable," said Gus Spano of Spano's Fresh Produce at 5820 Lowell Blvd., after construction closed the Lowell rail crossing north of his business. "[This is a] bad time for the farming business. However, you have bent over backwards to help us out with signage on both ends of it, detour signs, so it's been a tremendous help and we'd like to thank you."

To help drivers, the Eagle P3 Project has published a list of local businesses along the 36-mile construction zone. It is available on the website at tinyurl.com/Businesses-on-Detours. RTD also set up an interactive map that shows businesses along the 36-mile construction zone: tinyurl.com/RTD-Local-Business. The map is broken into construction segments, and clicking on each segment will pop up a listing of the businesses in that vicinity. RTD encourages you to support these businesses during construction.

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Eagle P3 Project Has Big

Economic Footprint in Colorado


The Eagle P3 Project has pumped $1.04 billion into the economy through September 2014, providing Colorado with a huge boost in business activity.

Denver Transit Partners (DTP) , the Eagle P3 Project's concessionaire, has employed more than 5,300 individuals as of September 2014, through direct hires and subcontractors. Currently, more than 1,550 people are working on the project.

DTP also has contracts with locally-certified Disadvantage Business Enterprises (DBE) and Small Business Enterprises (SBE), with more than $218 million paid to those businesses since the start of work in 2010. As the project progresses, we are tracking to exceed the goal of 20 percent DBE and SBE participation in qualifying contract work.

The current project economic investment includes:
  • Contractor wages paid - $153 million
  • Equipment, services and supplies - $360 million
  • Subcontractors - $526 million

In total, DTP has subcontracted with more than 620 firms that employ crews and purchase supplies from local distributors.

Photo of East Rail Line tracks looking west from Havana Street
Construction on the Eagle Project, including the East Rail Line
seen here, has brought $1.04 billion to the local economy


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East Rail Line Open House Connects

the Project with the Community


Photo of attendees at East Rail Line open house
More than 200 people attended this year's East Rail Line Open House

With stakeholder interest high for the commuter rail trains traveling from Union Station to Denver International Airport, the East Rail Line's annual open house hosted more than 200 people this year. This year's open house was held Sept. 13, 2014, at Swigert International School in Denver.

The Eagle P3 Project hosts open houses each year for the public to find out more about all three commuter rail lines in the project. With construction in full swing, the open house allows attendees to talk with project staff about the schedule, rail car design, station construction, rail technology and safety.
 
Attendees were able to see specialized construction equipment brought on-site by contractor DTP, review station plans and inquire about ongoing or upcoming construction work in their neighborhoods. They also were able to make direct inquires to RTD staff members on a host of topics including how RTD's fares may be restructured, how new rail lines will affect bus routes and how cities are planning for development around transit stations.

Also on display was safety equipment used in construction and up-to-date progress photos of the new commuter rail vehicles that soon will be arriving in Denver.
 
We hope to see at next year's open houses!

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2014 Eagle Project Public

Tours a Success!


As the leaves begin to fall to the ground and the winter season will soon be upon us, so will inclement weather. As a result, the public bus tours of the East Rail Line and the combined Gold Line/Northwest Rail Line projects are done for the year.

The Eagle P3 Project public information team, which conducts the tours using RTD buses and drivers, thanks the 364 people who were able to join us as we showcased the construction activities leading to the opening day of the commuter rail lines.

The East Rail Line project tours hosted 237 stakeholders, who were excited to view up-close and personal the construction of the line that will take passengers between Union Station and Denver International Airport starting in 2016. Between April and October, eight tours were conducted, with up to 35 attendees. Some of the tours were fully booked within 48 hours of the announcement of the next tour date, which demonstrates tremendous stakeholder interest in this line.

The Gold Line/ Northwest Rail Line tours hosted 127 people over six tours, who took in views of construction throughout Arvada, Westminster Wheat Ridge, southwest Adams County and Denver's Globeville neighborhood.

You can stay in touch with the project throughout the fall and winter by bookmarking the website atwww.RTD-FasTracks.com, where you'll find current and archived Eagle quarterly newsletters and monthly construction update newsletters on East and on Gold Line/Northwest.

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Photo of track hardening at Blake Street and 40th Avenue
Steel procured from Pueblo speaks to the project's commitment
to purchasing regionally sourced materials


Project Pushes Sustainability in

Design, Construction and Beyond


RTD and DTP built sustainability into the Eagle P3 Project from the very beginning of the design-build phase, and plan to carry it through the entire operation and maintenance period that lasts through 2044.

The environmental, social and economic impacts of building the project's 36 miles of commuter rail lines and the commuter rail maintenance facility (CRMF) will create lasting effects for area businesses and residents.

Currently, we emphasize sustainability stewardship in the following areas:
  • Procurement: Materials are purchased with the goal of reducing waste by reusing or recycling it when possible; using recycled products in our design and construction; and purchasing project materials that are produced within 500 miles or less where possible.  For example we have recycled 246 thousand tons of concrete and asphalt, saving this material from becoming landfill. 
  • Recycling: Unearthed concrete pipes were donated to the Wild Animal Sanctuary in Weld County, where they provide habitat for the animals.
  • Construction: We cleaned up numerous contaminated sites, including the East Rail Line Peoria Station and two landfills along the Northwest Rail Line.
  • Economic Development: DTP proactively reaches out to contract with Disadvantaged and Small Businesses, and partners with RTD's Workforce Initiative Now (WIN) program to train and employ people who live in the neighborhoods surrounding our project. To date, more than $200 million of work has been subcontracted to small or disadvantaged businesses.
As we prepare for the delivery of our commuter rail vehicles later this fall and for testing and commissioning in mid-2015, we are refocusing our sustainability efforts on the period when the lines are operating from 2016 through 2044. Initial steps include procurement of hybrid fleet vehicles, recruiting employees from the local neighborhoods through the WIN program and leveraging small businesses for goods and services as part of our long-term operations. 

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Project Progress Photos

Photo of crossing installation at Vance Street in Arvada
Crossing Installation at Vance Street in Arvada - Sept. 26, 2014

Photo of Rail installation along 40th Avenue in Denver
Rail installation along 40th Avenue in Denver - Sept. 29, 2014

Photo of Deck work on the Moffat Flyover Bridge in Arvada
Deck work  on the Moffat Flyover Bridge in Arvada - Sept. 26, 2014

Photo of Construction on the station platform at the Denver Airport Station
Construction on the station platform at the Denver Airport Station - Sept. 29, 2014

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