January-April 2015 Quarterly Newsletter
In December 2014, the public was given a preview of RTD's new commuter rail cars. (Pictured L to R) Hyundai Rotem CEO and Vice Chairman Kyu-Hwan Han, DTP Executive Director Aaron Epstein, RTD General Manager Phil Washington and RTD Board Chair Chuck Sisk.
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New Rail Cars a Hit with Public
The Regional Transportation District's (RTD) first commuter rail cars arrived in Denver to great fanfare, media coverage and public acclaim, as excitement begins to build toward the 2016 openings of three commuter rail lines.
More than 6,500 people toured the rail cars at Union Station's Track 1 during a four-day open house during the first week of December. It was preceded by a ribbon-cutting ceremony headed by leaders from RTD, Denver Transit Partners (DTP) and Hyundai Rotem.
"In 2016, you'll be boarding these trains to the airport on the East Rail Line, to Arvada and Wheat Ridge on the Gold Line, and to Westminster on Northwest Rail," RTD Board Chair Chuck Sisk said to a crowd of about 150 people who came to the Dec. 2 ribbon-cutting.
The ceremony was notable due to the presence of Hyundai Rotem CEO and Vice Chairman, Mr. Kyu-Hwan Han, who flew to Denver from South Korea to mark the occasion. RTD will take delivery of four cars per month from Philadelphia until the entire order of 66 vehicles is complete.
The cars arrived from Hyundai Rotem's assembly plant in Philadelphia and were brought to Track 1 for inspection before the open house. The cars' trip itself was a public event, with an interactive map tracking them across the country and rail fans vying to be the first to spot them as they came down the BNSF Railway mainline from Brush through Brighton.
Among the public visitors to the rail cars was John Barr, who uses a motorized wheelchair due to cerebral palsy. Barr's input three years ago inside a mock-up of the car led to design changes that make it easier for disabled riders to use the commuter rail system. His visit was chronicled on 9News. You can view the report at http://www.rtd-fastracks.com/ep3_48.
The first four commuter rail vehicles arrived at Union Station in December 2014
2014 Project Milestones
The Eagle P3 Project had a watershed year during which the peak wave of civil construction passed by and attention started shifting to installation of systems that will make your trains run in 2016.
With the completion of all bridges, walls and track, plus installation of the overhead wires, the East Rail Line took on the look of a finished railroad. And over on the Gold Line and Northwest Rail, while much civil work remains to be done, the alignments, station platforms and all rail bridges are far advanced.
The work that remains this year consists mainly of electric power supply lines, communications, signaling and other systems that play the vital role of operating the trains along the 36 total miles of commuter lines.
Some of our 2014 achievements:
Final Track Installed on East Rail Line
The final piece of track on the East Rail Line was installed on Nov. 24, 2014
Construction of the East Rail Line reached a huge project milestone on Nov. 24, 2014: DTP installed the final piece of track between Union Station and Denver International Airport.
The last rail connection occurred in Aurora at the south end of the I-70 Flyover Bridge, a 5,000-foot long structure that travels over Union Pacific Railroad tracks, Airport Boulevard, 32nd Avenue and Interstate 70.
The rail was connected with clips that were spray painted gold to symbolize the project's "Golden Spike" moment. The clips, inserted horizontally, hold the rail in place on the concrete ties.
The rail for the project was locally procured from the steel mill in Pueblo and the concrete ties were manufactured in Denver. Once put into place, the rail is continuously welded line, eliminating the "click-clack" noise produced by jointed rail.
Construction on the East Rail Line begin in January 2011, with initial construction taking place on the relocation of wet and dry utilities. From there, construction shifted to grading, bridges, roadways, rail crossings and installation of drainage measures. Track installation began in summer 2013 along Peña Boulevard in Denver.
Some of the construction highlights on the East Rail Line to date include:
For more information on the RTD FasTracks East Rail Line, visit: http://www.rtd-fastracks.com/ec_1.
Project's Economic Footprint: $1.13 Billion
As 2015 begins, the Eagle P3 Project continues to have a tremendous impact on the Colorado economy, from its groundbreaking in 2010 through the present.
The Eagle P3 Project has pumped $1.13 billion into the economy through December 2014, providing Colorado with a huge boost in business activity.
DTP, the Eagle P3 Project's concessionaire, has employed more than 5,850 individuals as of December 2014, through direct hires and subcontractors. Currently, more than 1,600 people are working on the project. DTP also has contracts with locally certified Disadvantage Business Enterprises (DBE) and
Small Business Enterprises (SBE), with nearly $240 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:
On Track to Opening Day...
Eagle Project groundbreaking
RTD General Manager Phil Washington at the Eagle Project groundbreaking
Gold Line groundbreaking -- Photo courtesy of The Denver Post
Wall construction at Coors Field
Installation of concrete rail ties
Construction on the Peña Boulevard Bridge
Ralston Creek Bridge construction
Wire installation along Peña Boulevard
Construction on the East Rail Line
Moffat Flyover Bridge Construction
* - Planned milestones
Construction on the 40th Ave. & Airport Blvd. • Gateway Park Station
Construction on the Arvada Ridge Station
2016** - Planned milestones
Commuter rail, coming in 2016!
Safety Training, Outreach Begin in 2015
RTD Eagle P3 Project staff will conduct outreach for safety training in 2015
"Safety first" is plastered on every RTD light rail vehicle and bus, and there is a reason for that. It is the agency's top priority and is taken very seriously by every employee and contractor.
RTD with its contractor, DTP will begin a massive outreach program early this year to educate the public about safety around the three new commuter rail lines that open in 2016 - East Rail Line to Denver International Airport, the first segment of Northwest Rail Line to Westminster and the Gold Line to Arvada/Wheat Ridge.
Safety outreach along the East Rail Line will begin first because the testing and commissioning process will begin there this spring. That means the new rail cars will be operating on the track between downtown and DIA. Outreach for the Gold Line and Northwest Rail Line to Westminster will begin later in 2015.
Through the national Operation Lifesaver model, RTD will reach out to 47 schools that are within a half-mile of the track, and some schools even farther out. This will ensure that nearly 35,000 students, their parents and school faculty learn how to safely maneuver the new at-grade crossings, how to be safe around the new platforms, which are four feet above the tracks, and to avoid tampering with the 25,000-volt AC overhead power system. Remember, if the power line is up, it is live with electricity!
In addition to school outreach, the safety program will offer presentations to organizations for blind and deaf persons as well as those dealing with suicide prevention programs.
For more information on the RTD Operation Lifesaver program for the Eagle P3 project, contact Tara Bettale at email@example.com or 303.299.2641.
----------------Let's talk... It's Time for an Eagle P3 Project Update
It's a new year and we have many project accomplishments from 2014 to share with your homeowners association, neighborhood group or community organization.
Our public information team would love the opportunity to provide your group with information about the numerous milestones achieved over the past 12 months, including the arrival of the first four commuter rail cars, and a look at upcoming work in 2015.
We welcome the opportunity to share more details on what you can expect as we get closer to opening day in 2016.
Tell us which line you'd like to know more about or select all three, the East Rail Line, known as the train to the airport, the Gold Line serving Arvada and Wheat Ridge, or the Northwest Rail Westminster Segment.
To schedule a convenient date, please contact Zach Alexander at 303.837.2647 or .
DTP employees with donated backpacks for
A Precious Child "Fill-A-Backpack" program
RTD and DTP Gave Big in 2014
Charitable giving is an important part of the RTD and DTP community, especially during the holiday season. Here's a recap of some of the volunteer work from the past year:
64th Avenue Closed for Bridge Construction
Construction has begun on the last bridge in the entire Eagle Project, and it requires a year-long closure of 64th Avenue.
As part of Northwest Rail Line's Westminster Segment, DTP has closed 64th Avenue between Beach Street and 64th Place in Adams County for 12 months. It is necessary in order to replace the existing roadway with a bridge over the BNSF Railway freight and future commuter rail tracks below. The closure means there will be no through-traffic on 64th between Federal boulevard and Pecos Street until the work is done.
All 64th Avenue businesses will remain accessible during construction. A designated detour for travel between Federal Boulevard and Pecos Street will be established on 72nd Avenue.
"We're very conscious about minimizing impacts to our neighbors," said Eric Chiasson, DTP Northwest Area Construction Manager. "Our crews plan to work regular daytime hours, Monday through Saturday, in an effort to reach our goal of getting in there and returning an improved roadway to the public as soon as possible."
Construction of the 64th Avenue Bridge will result in improvements including:
Project Progress Photos
Construction on the Olde Town Arvada Station-Oct. 24, 2014
Construction along Peña Boulevard-Oct. 20, 2014
Rail installation at Blake St.-Oct. 20, 2014
Construction along Peña Boulevard-Oct. 20, 2014
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