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Balfour Beatty proposal recommended for Southeast Rail Extension


The Regional Transportation District (RTD) staff recommended to the RTD Board of Directors July 14, 2015 to move forward with a proposal from Balfour Beatty Infrastructure Inc. (BBII) to design and build the Southeast Rail Extension.

The proposal commits to completing construction of the line by early 2019.

Once approved by the RTD Board, BBII would begin design on the project in the fall with construction expected to start in spring 2016. The projected opening of the extension is 2019.

The current projected budget for the Southeast Rail Extension is $233.1 million. This total includes:
  • $34 million spent through 2014 on environmental analysis
  • preliminary engineering and design
  • acquisition of eight light rail vehicles for the project
The remaining $198.7 million project cost will be financed through a combination of federal, private and local funds.

Half of the project will be funded by the Federal Transit Administration's (FTA) New Starts program, which supplies major capital grants to metropolitan areas; plus a sizeable local match of 14 percent from private businesses and local governments; and 36 percent from RTD through local funding sources.

The project has already been accepted into FTA's New Start's engineering phase and is included in President Obama's FY 2016 budget.

Lincoln light rail station on Southeast Rail Line

"This extension will make it possible for RTD to connect people in a rapidly growing part of the metro area to the rest of the region, including Denver International Airport," said Dave Genova, RTD's Interim General Manager.

The Southeast Rail Extension will build an additional 2.3 miles of light rail line that will run along the west side of I-25 from the Lincoln Station and then cross over the Interstate and run along the east side of the highway to the south side of RidgeGate Parkway in Douglas County.

When the extension is complete it will include an end-of-line station at RidgeGate Parkway, plus add 1,300 parking spaces, and bus transfer and kiss-n-ride facilities. In addition, two more stations will be added as walkup or neighborhood stations. One will be adjacent to the Sky Ridge Medical Center, near I-25 and RidgeGate Parkway. The other will be in the planned Lone Tree City Center east of I-25, and south of Lincoln Avenue.

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The BBII team includes:
  • Parsons Brinckerhoff (design)
  • Capitol Management (DBE/SBE/WIN)
  • Transit Safety & Security Solutions (system safety)
  • Systems Consulting, LLC (quality assurance)
  • Communication Infrastructure Group (public information)
At its regular board meeting on July 28, the RTD Board is expected to take formal action on a two-phased contract award. The second construction phase is dependent on award of the federal grant from FTA.

The other three proposals were submitted by:
  • Kiewit with Hatch Mott McDonald and Mass Electric
  • Stacy and Witbeck/Herzog Joint Venture with STV Wadsworth
  • Graham/Kraemer Joint Venture with Stantec
Genova said BBII's proposal "offered the best value and moves us forward to complete another critical FasTracks project."

The current Southeast Rail Line is 19 miles long and connects passengers at I-25/Broadway to Lincoln Avenue in Douglas County and also runs along I-225 from I-25 to the Nine Mile Station at Parker Road in Aurora.

Beginning in late 2016, passengers will be connected between Nine Mile and the Peoria Station near I-70 when the R Line through Aurora opens. They can then ride to and from the airport on the new A Line opening in spring 2016.

SE Rail Line Map June 2015
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