I-225 Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the FasTracks Program?
A: The Regional Transportation District's (RTD) voter-approved FasTracks program passed in 2004 to expand rail and bus service across the RTD region.
Q: How will FasTracks serve Aurora?
A: The I-225 Rail Line includes a 10.5-mile light rail extension with eight stations. It will connect with the East Rail Line and provide the rider options to transfer to a train to DIA or downtown Denver.
Q: What is the proposed route?
A: The I-225 Corridor will start from the existing Nine Mile Station at Parker Road through the Aurora City Center and the Anschutz Medical Campus and Colorado Science and Technology Park at Fitzsimons, to a future station at Peoria Street and Smith Road.
Q: What happens next?
A: In the spring of 2012 RTD began a joint construction project with the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) to construct the light rail guideway from Nine Mile Station to Iliff with the I-225 highway widening project from Parker Road to Mississippi. Additionally, RTD received an unsolicited proposal from Kiewit Infrastructure Co. to construct the entire I-225 Line to Peoria and Smith Road. Construction on the entire line will begin in 2013 with the full line opening in 2016.
Q: Now that the project is moving into construction, how can the public participate?
A: Between Fall 2007 and Fall 2009, four Public Meetings were held with over 450 attendees in addition to over 60 small group and stakeholder meetings. Appendix C of the final EE provides responses to all public and agency comments on the draft EE.
Consistent with the FasTracks Stakeholder Participation Policy, after the adoption of the final EE, the project moves into the final design phase. During the final design phase input becomes more focused and is generally limited to aesthetic design elements. RTD will work closely with the community to incorporate input on aesthetics and design into the final design process.
Following final design as the project enters construction; communication to the stakeholders from the project team will be more focused on construction and schedule impacts to the community. To read the full Stakeholder Participation Policy
Contact: Lisa Trujillo: 303-299-2673
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