4 teams chosen to bid on building RTD's Southeast Rail Extension
Regional Transportation District staff presented a final list of four teams to its Board of Directors to bid on building out the Southeast Rail Extension. That happened at the regular Board of Directors meeting Feb. 3.
The extension, which is part of RTD's 2004 voter-approved FasTracks plan, will add 2.3 miles from Lincoln Station to RidgeGate Parkway. Seven construction teams had initially responded to the Request for Qualifications. The final four teams selected to bid on the project are:
A train at the Lincoln Station on the Southeast Rail Line
Last July, the RTD Board authorized a $207 million extension of the existing Southeast Light Rail Line farther south into Lone Tree. RTD has applied for $92 million in federal funds and has been accepted into the first phase of the Federal Transit Administration New Starts Capital Investment Program.
Additionally, local business associations and businesses in the southeast metro Denver area have committed to contributing $25 million in cash and $15 million in right-of-way, permits and other in-kind contributions to get the light rail extension project completed. This local match would comprise 16.5 percent of the project cost and far exceeds the 2.5 percent match RTD has asked of its local partners. Of the project's total $207 million cost, RTD's investment would be $66 million or about 32 percent.
When the extension is completed in 2019, residents will be able to travel from the RidgeGate station on the new R Line through Aurora to Peoria Station and connect to the commuter train to Denver International Airport or travel to Union Station in downtown Denver.
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