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Fall 2012 Quarterly Newsletter

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Welcome Aboard!

Greg Amparano and Brian Middleton in Eagle Project Office

Greg Amparano, Executive Project Director, Denver Transit Partners (left); Brian Middleton, RTD Eagle Project Director (right).

We are happy to bring you the first newsletter of our RTD FasTracks commuter rail project. Scheduled for operations in four years, the East Rail Line, Gold Line and Northwest Rail Westminster Segment are combined in what we call the Eagle P3 Project. P3 is a public-private partnership between the Regional Transportation District (RTD) and Denver Transit Partners (DTP).

This partnership covers 34 years during which DTP will design, build, finance, operate and maintain these rail lines. All three lines emanate from Denver Union Station, with the East Rail Line going to Denver International Airport, the Gold Line to Arvada and Wheat Ridge, and the Northwest Rail Line to Westminster. This newsletter is one of the many ways through which we will communicate our progress to you.

The $2.2 billion project received a $1.03 billion federal grant last year at the Gold Line groundbreaking in Olde Town Arvada with U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff. DTP has provided $450 million in private financing and the remainder comes from our local citizens through RTD bonds and local government contributions.

We invite you as our community partner and neighbor to share our advancement and accomplishments through this newsletter.

Greg Amparano
Executive Project Director, Denver Transit Partners
Greg, a senior executive at Fluor Enterprises, brings 25 years of major capital project delivery experience concentrating on P3 projects worldwide. The Eagle P3 Project is Greg's third multi-billion dollar public-private-partnership project.

Brian Middleton
Project Director, RTD Eagle Project
Brian has more than 30 years of international management experience
in design, procurement and construction of rail vehicles, systems and complete
railroads, using conventional as well as P3 procurement methods


What is the Eagle P3 Project?

Eagle P3 Project Map

The Regional Transportation District (RTD) commuter rail project is in full construction, with 36 miles of new rail transit lines pushing their way from Denver Union Station to Arvada-Wheat Ridge, Westminster and Denver International Airport.

The RTD FasTracks project, called Eagle for East and Gold Line, is the nation's first full public private partnership with the private sector. Denver Transit Partners (DTP) has a 34-year contract with RTD to design and build the system, and also to operate and maintain it through 2044. Under the Eagle P3 Project, DTP will also build the Northwest Rail Line - Westminster Segment and the Commuter Rail Maintenance Facility. 

To date, $711 million dollars has been invested in the project.

Out on the lines, you can see nine bridges in various stages of construction, including a new commuter rail bridge on the East Rail Line located over Quebec Street at Smith Road. Additionally on the East Rail Line, rail welding is underway at a work yard along Peña Boulevard. A factoid to note is that a quarter-million cubic yards of dirt has been excavated, enough to fill a line of dump trucks the length of Interstate 25 from Raton Pass in New Mexico to the Wyoming border.

Look for construction work to continue to increase. As you enter Denver International Airport, you'll see the Peña Boulevard bridge taking shape, with girders to be set on the piers across the highway in early fall.


The Eagle P3 Project Consists of...

East Rail Line
The East Rail Line is a 22.8-mile electric commuter rail transit corridor between Denver Union Station (DUS) and Denver International Airport (DIA). It will also provide a vital transportation link for adjacent employment, neighborhood and new development areas along the route.
  • DUS
  • 38th & Blake
  • 40th & Colorado
  • Central Park
  • Peoria
  • Airport & 40th
  • DIA
Service Times:
The East Rail Line will take 35 minutes to travel between DUS and DIA. It will operate between 3 a.m. and 1 a.m. daily. During the peak travel time between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m., the trains will run every 15 minutes. At all other times, they will run at 30-minute intervals.

  • DUS
  • 38th & Blake
  • 40th & Colorado
  • Central Park
  • Peoria
  • Airport & 40th
  • DIA
Service Times:
The East Rail Line will take 35 minutes to travel between DUS and DIA. It will operate between 3 a.m. and 1 a.m. daily. During the peak travel time between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m., the trains will run every 15 minutes. At all other times, they will run at 30-minute intervals.

Gold Line
The Gold Line is an 11.2-mile electric commuter rail transit corridor between Denver Union Station and Ward Road in Wheat Ridge, passing through Northwest Denver, Adams County and Arvada. The line will provide high-quality, reliable transit service to the area while improving travel times and enhancing access to jobs, recreation and entertainment.
  • DUS
  • 41st & Fox
  • Pecos
  • Federal
  • Sheridan
  • Olde Town Arvada
  • Arvada Ridge
  • Ward Road
Service Times:
The Gold Line will take 25 minutes to travel between DUS and Ward Road. It will operate between 4 a.m. and 12:30 a.m. daily. During the weekday peak travel times of 6 a.m. and 6:30p.m., trains will run with a frequency of every 15 minutes. On weekends, the railcars will run every 15 minutes from 8 a.m. until 6:30p.m. At all other times, the railcars will run at 30 minute intervals.

Northwest Rail Line - Westminster Segment
The Northwest Rail Westminster Segment is a 5.5-mile electric commuter rail transit corridor between Denver Union Station and Westminster Station near 71st Avenue and Lowell Boulevard in Westminster, passing through northwest Denver and Adams County. The line is the first segment of the Northwest Rail Line and will provide reliable transit service between Westminster and downtown Denver, with connections to the Gold Line and East Rail Line.
  • DUS
  • Westminster
Service Times:
The Northwest Rail Westminster Segment will take 11 minutes to travel between DUS and Westminster. It will operate between 5 a.m. and 10:30 p.m. daily. During the weekday peak travel times of 6 to 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., trains will run with a frequency of every 30 minutes. Outside of those hours and on weekends, trains will run every hour.

Commuter Rail Maintenance FacilityRendering of Commuter Rail Maintenance Facility

Artistic rendering of the Commuter Rail Maintenance Facility

The Commuter Rail Maintenance Facility (CRMF) will repair, maintain, clean, fuel and store the vehicles that will serve the four FasTracks commuter rail lines: Gold Line, East Rail Line, Northwest Rail Line and North Metro Rail Line.

Facts about the CRMF Site:
  • Sits on 30 acres
  • Located at 48th Avenue and Fox Street on the shared Gold Line/Northwest Rail alignment
  • Connected to the East and North Metro Rail Lines via Denver Union Station
The CRMF is scheduled to be completed in 2014.


Project is Exceeding Small and Disadvantaged Business Goals

Denver Transit Partners (DTP) has made $180.8 million in commitments to small and disadvantaged businesses as part of its pledge to build the local community through the Eagle P3 Project. The design portion of the project exceeded the goal for hiring small and disadvantaged firms by 30 percent. These figures are as of the end of August.

DTP's outreach efforts to Disadvantaged and Small Business Enterprises (DBE/SBE) go beyond the norm. DTP created a Business Leaders Roundtable to advise on how to package the work so that small businesses can more successfully bid. In addition, DTP conducts regular Bonding and Financial Guidance Workshops as well as offering mentoring services.

As the project moves into major construction, DTP already has commitments for more than three-fourths of its DBE/SBE goal of nearly $200 million.

Chart of Small and Disadvantaged Business Contract Status

How to Do Business with Denver Transit Partners

DTP's main subcontractor for the project is Denver Transit Constructors (DTC) which is comprised of Fluor Enterprises, Balfour Beatty Rail and Ames Construction. DTC is utilizing the web-based iSqFt program to assist in the distribution of bid opportunities.

Interested contractors should point their browsers to to register with iSqFt and to see upcoming bid opportunities.

One of the many advantages to utilizing iSqFt is that it allows DTC to comprehensively and efficiently distribute packages to pre-registered bidders. Registration is easy and free, and the program is user-friendly. The iSqFt program provides same-time general information to everyone. Through iSqFt, interested contractors and vendors can quickly access bid packages, specifications, drawings and documents.

Four Step Process:

1. Go to Click the "Contracting" tab along the menu bar at the top of the page. Click on the first item entitled "Doing Business with DTP". Fill out the Contractor - Vendor Notice of Interest Form.

2. Send the completed form to or by mail to: DTP Contracting Opportunities, 1670 Broadway, Suite 2700, Denver CO 80202.

3. You will receive a notification from our procurement management system,, with a prequalification form. Fill out the package as completely as possible and return with your copy of your DBE and/or RTD SBE certification. Please contact DTP at 303-297-7555 or at if you do not receive the form within 10 days.

4. Continue to monitor the website for bid opportunities. You will receive links to bid packages via email based on your work codes.


Eagle P3 Project and the Workforce Initiative Now Program

Phil Washington at White House Champions of Change Event

RTD General Manager Phil Washington (left) accepting the "Transportation Champions of Change" Award at the White House.

Workforce Initiative Now (WIN) is a partnership that helps job seekers, companies and communities through career opportunities in the transportation and construction industries. The Regional Transportation District (RTD) and Denver Transit Partners (DTP) are founding partners of WIN, along with the Community College of Denver and the Urban League of Metro Denver.

RTD was honored at the White House with the "Transportation Innovators Champion of Change" Award on July 31 for the Workforce Initiative Now (WIN) Program.

"This award demonstrates again how RTD's FasTracks projects and our WIN Program are creating jobs for all levels of experienced and inexperienced workers through our comprehensive partnership that provides meaningful training opportunities," said Phil Washington, RTD General Manager. "We are changing lives in a positive way, and that is the legacy we want to leave."

To get involved in WIN's career training, call 303-299-2WIN (2946) or visit to review program requirements and to complete an interest form.


Supporting Businesses in Our Own Backyard

Crane Placing Concrete Girder at Broadway Bridge

Bridge beams (or girders) produced by Rocky Mountain Prestress being placed on the commuter rail bridge over Broadway.

DTP and RTD are committed to supporting the community affected by the project. We do so through job creation and when possible, by working with local businesses. Rocky Mountain Prestress, an Adams County-based company located at 5801 Pecos St. and close to the future site of the Commuter Rail Maintenance Facility, is providing girders for many of the bridges in the Eagle P3 Project. 

Since 1957, Rocky Mountain Prestress has been a leader in the field of pre-stressed and pre-cast concrete structures in the region. It is well-known in the industry for its innovative applications for this type of construction material and for offering a comprehensive selection of products, as well as large volume and rapid production capabilities.

Rocky Mountain Prestress has been involved in many Colorado projects including Denver International Airport, the Jefferson County Government Center, Coors Field, Pepsi Center and the Aurora Justice and Municipal Center. We are proud to be partnering with this renowned local company that is committed to hiring Denver-based staff members.


Giving Back to Our Local Community:
DTP Charitable Contributions


DTP staff participating in the construction of a residence working with Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver.

Denver Transit Partners is proud to contribute to the local communities in which we
are working. In addition to strategic philanthropic partnerships, we support requests for sponsorships or charitable contributions for many organizations, and volunteer at non-profit organizations and community events.

To date, Denver Transit Partners has contributed more than $235,000 to charitable
organizations and causes in the greater Denver community. Visit for our Charitable Contributions Policy and Donation Request Form.

DTP has proudly sponsored the following:
· Hawk Sponsor for Rocky Mountain Indian Chamber of Commerce 9th Annual Indian
Scholars Gala

· Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver
· A Precious Child, Fill-A-Backpack Drive
· 9HealthFair


DTP Holds Gold Line/NW Rail Open Houses

DTP and RTD would like to thank everyone who attended our series of Gold Line/Northwest Rail Open Houses! We held a total of four meetings in Wheat Ridge, Arvada, Adams County and Northwest Denver. The meetings were attended by 180 stakeholders.

It was a wonderful opportunity for our project team to meet directly with community stakeholders, answer questions or hear of any concerns regarding our on-going construction activities.

Details of the overall Eagle P3 Project (East Rail Line, Gold Line, Northwest Rail Westminster Segment and the Commuter Rail Maintenance Facility) were shared along with the various project programs designed to support our local workforce and contracting opportunities for small and disadvantaged businesses.

We'd also like to thank the representatives from the City of Arvada, City of Wheat Ridge, City of Westminster, City and County of Denver and Adams County for joining us and providing their insight and knowledge to all those who attended the meetings!

If you were unable to attend and would like to get a quick update from the meeting, please visit to see the presentation. Additionally, if you have any questions or would like to learn more about the Gold Line/NW Rail Line, please contact Marion Combs, DTP Public Information Manager, at 303-297-5285 or


South Terminal Redevelopment Program Update

Rendering of Airport Train Station and Hotel in Winter

Rendering of the future train station at Denver International Airport.
Credit: Denver International Airport, South Terminal Redevelopment Program

Looking out the south windows of Denver International Airport's (DIA) Jeppesen Terminal today, airport patrons will see significant progress on an expansion called the South Terminal Redevelopment Program.

The construction includes adding a 500-room Westin hotel, a public plaza for community events and a Public Transit Center to house the Regional Transportation District (RTD) East Rail Line airport station, connecting DIA to downtown Denver. Overall, the program will add up to 1,000 design and construction jobs, plus 250 permanent hotel jobs. The hotel is scheduled to open in 2015.

Crews are relocating the south roadway bridges leading to the terminal and are continuing excavation of the site. The program also completed two steel support tent towers to replace eight supports anchoring the terminal roof, which were in the way.

The program design team continues to refine such things as the canopies and finish treatments of the hotel rooms, lobby and conference center.

For more information, visit or call the Construction Information Hotline at   303-342-6400.


Peoria Project to Improve Safety at Busy Railroad CrossingRendering of Proposed Peoria Street Bridge over East Rail Line
Rendering of the Peoria Crossing Project.

Ever been stuck wasting time at the railroad gates on Peoria Street at Smith Road? Now a solution is at hand.

Denver, Aurora and the Regional Transportation District (RTD) are underway with a project to construct a Peoria Street bridge over the Union Pacific Railroad, the future RTD East Rail Line and 37th Avenue. This bridge will extend from 39th Avenue to Baranmor Parkway. It will improve safety and travel reliability, and reduce traffic backups at the tracks.

The project includes pedestrian and bike paths, additional sidewalks and frontage roads for the local businesses.

The project addresses future challenges. An average of 32,000 vehicles cross the tracks with up to 60 railroad gate closures per day. That's expected to increase significantly. When commuter rail opens, there will be about 200 train crossings per day at Peoria. This presents the critical need to construct the bridge to address safety, operations and connectivity.

Peoria Crossing received environmental clearance from the federal government in June. Property acquisition and utility coordination are underway. A design-build contractor will be selected with construction to start in spring 2013.

For more information visit the project website at:        


Girder placement on the Quebec Street Bridge in Denver on the East Rail Line

Caisson and Pier Construction at Jersey Cutoff Bridge

Construction on the Jersey Cutoff Bridge on the Northwest Rail/Gold Line in North Denver.

Worker Grinding a New Weld on Continuous Rail

Rail welding at the 56th Avenue and Peña along the East Rail Line in Denver.

Water Line Installation at Olde Wadsworth in Arvada

Waterline relocations in Olde Town Arvada
along the Gold Line.

Water Line Installation on Smith Road at I-225

Waterline relocations on Smith Road at I-225
along the East Rail Line in Aurora.
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