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Spring 2013 Quarterly Newsletter

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Eagle P3 Project Quarterly Newsletter - Spring 2013
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First Rail Cars Undergo Testing

Photo of Commuter Rail Pilot Car at assembly plant

One of the four pilot cars ordered for the commuter rail project is undergoing testing at the Hyundai Rotem factory. Testing is expected to be completed this June.

The first four electric rail cars that will operate on the Regional Transportation District's commuter rail lines are nearing completion and starting tests for proper operation before being delivered to Denver next year. The initial four cars, called "pilot cars," have been fully assembled at supplier Hyundai Rotem's plant in Changwon, South Korea, and will be fully tested there. The remaining 52 vehicles will be assembled at the Hyundai Rotem USA plant in Philadelphia, after receiving the steel car body shells fabricated in Changwon.

The commuter rail vehicles are a new technology for RTD's riders. The cars are heavier and faster, and carry more passengers than RTD's light rail system. Commuter rail was chosen for the new lines because it covers longer distances, and because of safety regulations requiring the heavier vehicles when they operate next to freight trains. Starting in 2016, these commuter rail trains will take passengers between Denver Union Station and Denver International Airport, Adams County, Aurora, Arvada, Denver, Wheat Ridge and Westminster.

Overall, 56 rail cars are being purchased - 50 for the Eagle P3 Project lines and six more for the North Metro Rail Line to Commerce City. All of the cars are to arrive in Denver by 2015 to allow for testing and commissioning. They will run in married pairs, connected in sets of two vehicles. Each pair can carry up to 464 passengers.

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Commuter Rail Maintenance Facility

Foundations Underway

Rendering of Commuter Rail Maintenance Facility

The commuter rail maintenance facility (CRMF) is currently under construction. The architectural rendering is pictured above. The CRMF will be used to store, clean and maintain the vehicles on RTD's commuter rail lines. The CRMF will be completed in 2014.

The commuter rail maintenance facility (CRMF) is coming out of the ground with foundation walls and support piers. The $224 million facility will be home to all of the Regional Transportation District's (RTD) new commuter rail vehicles. About 240 operators, mechanics, technicians and other employees will run, clean, repair and store the vehicles at the CRMF.

Denver Transit Partners (DTP) hired PCL Construction to build the CRMF on a 30-acre site at 48th Avenue and Fox Street in Denver's Globeville neighborhood. Crews are placing the foundation on the east side to support the building's outer walls. The steel frame will be under construction shortly. Meanwhile, crews on the west side are installing plumbing and electrical lines and relocating utilities that will serve the 230,000-square-foot building. Later this year, track installation will begin on the site, preparing the CRMF to receive the first rail cars in 2014. The site also includes a separate building in which trains will be washed.

The CRMF will serve not only the Eagle P3 Project lines of East, Gold and Northwest Rail Westminster Segment, but also RTD's North Metro Rail Line, which will soon be under construction. The site and building are designed to accommodate up to 80 commuter rail vehicles.

The facility will be certified as a LEED Silver building, demonstrating the project's commitment to sustainability. LEED is the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification for green design, construction and operation.


How We Plan To Work Safely

Photo of worker with gloves hooking a strap onto a crane

All workers and visitors who come to a construction site must wear full personal protective equipment.

Denver Transit Partners works every day to complete construction of RTD's commuter rail project with zero safety incidents. With more than 750 employees on a project that spans 36 miles, that is no easy task. Here are some of the steps DTP is taking to reach that goal.

Employees are required to take comprehensive training courses on both construction and rail safety before they start work. Each morning before starting a shift, crews spend 15 minutes discussing the work that is planned for that day and how to complete it safely. Discussions include the tools needed for the job, hazards that are present and how to eliminate risks to safety. In addition, workers take part in weekly safety toolbox meetings where avoidance of potential safety hazards is discussed at length.

Every employee is required to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) on the jobsite, including hard hat, safety glasses, steel-toed boots, gloves and a high-visibility vest. Employees check all heavy equipment twice daily in an effort to avoid incident with the large machines onsite.

DTP's safety department is responsible for all project safety training, safety topics addressed in the field, enforcement of safety on the jobsite and the promotion of programs designed to raise safety awareness. "We're here to make sure everyone goes home in the same condition in which they came to work," said Thaddeus Allen, DTP's safety director.

Safety is stressed in all departments at DTP. At the beginning of each project meeting, a safety topic is discussed. All personnel who might go onto a construction site are required to take construction and rail safety training courses. And safety messages are posted around DTP offices and work sites reminding all team members that safety begins with them.

Image of Hand Safety Awareness poster

This poster was created and placed around the project offices to remind all staff of the importance of hand safety.


Station Profiles

A total of 14 new stations, plus Denver Union Station, will serve the commuter rail project's rail lines-East Rail Line, Gold Line and Northwest Rail Westminster Segment. Below are this quarter's featured stations, along with the most current renderings for each.

40th & Colorado Station

Rendering of 40th and Colorado Station

Rendering of the 40th & Colorado Station located on the East Rail Line in Denver.

The 40th and Colorado station is located along the East Rail Line at East 42nd Avenue and Jackson Street in Denver. From Denver Union Station, the 40th and Colorado station will be the second stop along the alignment.
  • Travel time to/from DUS: 9 minutes
  • Travel time to end-of-line Denver International Airport: 26 minutes
  • Parking spaces on opening day: 200
  • Type of parking: Surface

Ward Road Station

Ward Road Station Rendering

Rendering of the Ward Road Station located on the Gold Line in Wheat Ridge.

The Ward Road station is located along the Gold Line, located south of West 52nd Avenue between Ward Road and Tabor Street in Wheat Ridge. From Denver Union Station, the Ward Road station will be the seventh and final stop of the alignment.
  • Travel time to/from DUS: 25 minutes
  • Parking spaces on opening day: 200
  • Type of parking: Surface

Small and Disadvantaged Business Goals

Exceeded for Design

Graph showing amounts already paid, under contract and the goals for disadvantaged and small business contracts

The Eagle P3 commuter rail project's design goals of 19 percent small and disadvantaged business participation were exceeded in March with over $17 million paid to contracted disadvantaged businesses and over $6 million paid to contracted small businesses to date. There are more than 130 small and disadvantaged businesses working on the project directly through Denver Transit Partners (DTP) or through its contractors, as of the end of March. This participation was achieved through communications and contracting efforts designed to connect the small business community with the project.

The DTP outreach team targets its communications regarding upcoming project contracting opportunities to businesses that are certified as Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) or Small Business Enterprises (SBE) by the Civil Rights Office of the Regional Transportation District (RTD).

The cornerstone of DTP's outreach strategy is to provide access to opportunities and one-on-one communication with the DBE/SBE community. In addition to conveying word of upcoming opportunities, the DBE/SBE outreach team provides the small business community with assistance during the certification and prequalification processes.

DTP's outreach includes quarterly newsletters, fact sheets and extensive electronic distribution of current and upcoming opportunities. DTP also invites the small business community to events where the outreach team will be distributing information on potential contracting opportunities. These events include opportunity fairs where the DBE/SBE Outreach team hosts information tables, as well as presentations to business groups and chambers.

For more information on small business outreach, contact our DBE/SBE Outreach Liaison, Linda Wilson, at or 303-204-2244. You can also find updated information at

Image of front page of Disadvantaged and Small Business Enterprises newsletter

The DTP DBE/SBE newsletter (pictured above) is produced on a quarterly basis.


Construction Mitigation Serves Gold Line


Photo of business access signs at Olde Wadsworth in Arvada

The Eagle P3 Project has a history of construction mitigation in Arvada. As part of the utility relocation work that occurred on Olde Wadsworth Boulevard between Reno Drive and Grandview Avenue, crews installed signs that informed the public that all of their area businesses were still open during construction.

Pile driving is part of construction. Pounding steel posts deep down into bedrock with the rhythmic thud of a hydraulic ram makes for a stable and secure foundation. But when the construction plan for the Gold Line alignment along Ridge Road in Arvada called for pile driving the walls that will hold the tracks steady, one look around the work site had the project team thinking twice.

As part of DTP's construction mitigation planning, in which the commuter rail project works with local officials, businesses and residents to reduce the impacts of our work, the effects that noise and vibration might have on nearby homes bordering the BNSF right-of-way west of Olde Town called for a different approach.

The approved design for the retaining walls called for driving "H-pile," or steel support beams into the bedrock. But the repetitive hammering would have significantly increased noise levels and vibration in nearby neighborhoods. Although pile driving had been approved and is common practice in commuter rail construction, the project's construction mitigation process prompted a design review.

From that review, an alternate method of construction was approved, involving drilling the support caissons into place. The new design significantly reduces noise and eliminates vibration while performing the necessary work. While construction options may not always result in such a positive outcome, RTD and DTP are committed to investigating all possible options when entering construction.


Commitment to Sustainability on the

Eagle P3 Project

Photo of stacks of steel rail at welding yard

The rail that was purchased for the Eagle P3 Project was manufactured by EVRAZ, which is located in Pueblo. The local sourcing of rail highlights the project's commitment to delivering a sustainable project delivery.

The Regional Transportation District (RTD) and its concessionaire, Denver Transit Partners (DTP), are leveraging sustainable practices in the design, construction and operation of the Eagle P3 commuter rail project.

We are keeping the amount of material, energy, water use, waste and emissions within sustainable limits. And we are minimizing the impact on land, air, water and generation of noise and light pollution.

To RTD and DTP, sustainability means conducting business in a socially, economically and environmentally responsible manner for the benefit of current and future generations. The three main elements in our vision for creating a sustainable system are:
  • Safeguarding environmental resources
  • Strengthening our economic vitality
  • Enhancing social capital
Among the steps to achieve that vision are maximizing our use of recycled content in our construction materials, standardizing our design to reduce differences in production and designing an efficient commuter rail maintenance facility (CRMF) and commuter rail vehicles.

Additionally, RTD and DTP are working to strengthen the region's economic vitality by purchasing building materials and supplies locally when feasible, supporting our commitment to small and disadvantaged businesses.


Project Progress Photos

Photo of Union Pacific train headed between support piers for Interstate 70 commuter rail bridge

I-70 Bridge Pier Construction along the East Rail Line

Photo of workers pouring concrete into vertical forms for Clear Creek Bridge support piers

Construction at Clear Creek along the Gold Line

Photo of ditch work at site of Ward Road Station

Ditch work in Wheat Ridge along the Gold Line

Photo of crane lifting girder into place on Peña Boulevard rail bridge

Bridge construction over Peña Boulevard along the East Rail Line

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