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RTD announces opening date of airport line
October 22, 2015 at 6:38 pm 0
RTD has officially announced the University of Colorado A Line that will provide commuter rail service between Denver Union Station and Denver International Airport will begin service on April 22, 2016.
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Exterior view of the RTD Commuter rail car at Denver's Union Station.

The RTD University of Colorado A Line takes its name as a result of the first sponsorship through RTD’s naming rights program. The line is 23 miles of new electric commuter rail, which is part of the Eagle P3 project, the nation’s first full public-private partnership for transit. Local RTD taxes combined with a $1.03 billion federal grant and $450 million from Denver Transit Partners, the 34-year concessionaire that will build, operate and maintain the trains, make up the $2.2 billion project. “This project has been made possible through regional collaboration. None of this could have happened without the cooperation and teamwork from our partners who have worked tirelessly to deliver a quality project that will take public transit in the Denver metro area to the next level,” said RTD Board Chair Chuck Sisk. “We are also very proud of our naming rights partnership with the University of Colorado.” “The opening of the University of Colorado A Line is a historic milestone towards the completion of RTD’s FasTracks program and continues our success rate of opening major infrastructure projects,” said Dave Genova, Interim General Manager and CEO of RTD. “We continue to transform the region and the University of Colorado A Line will connect the Denver metro area to the world.” “In just a few short months, our entire region will begin to experience the true unbridled potential of connecting FasTracks and Denver International Airport with the opening of the A Line,” Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock said. “The corridor of opportunity between downtown and the airport will connect us to the world, and the world to us, and I couldn’t be more proud or excited to realize the great opportunities that come with it.” Commuter rail trains will travel up to 79 mph and carry more people than light rail vehicles—200 people at maximum. The vehicles will offer level boarding to better accommodate travelers with luggage and accessibility needs. The rail line will serve eight stations, including Denver Union Station and the new Denver Airport Station located at the south terminal at DIA serving airport travelers and guests of the new Westin Denver International Airport Hotel. “The start of RTD’s commuter rail service to DIA is a game changer for the airport,” said Kim Day, CEO of Denver International Airport. “This will put us on par with the world’s leading airports as many of our international passengers are used to access to the world’s great cities via rail. This easy connection to the city center and region will elevate the Denver metro travel experience.
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RTD secures naming rights deal with CU
August 18, 2015 at 7:21 pm 5
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Exterior view of the RTD Commuter Rail Car at Denver's Union Station DUR.

The Regional Transportation District (RTD) Board of Directors has approved a naming rights agreement with the University of Colorado. This is the first agreement of this kind in RTD's history. According to RTD this agreement will cover the commuter rail line from Denver's Union Station to Denver International Airport. Advertising on the Flatiron Bus Rapid Transit line that runs along US 36 from Union Station to Boulder is also part of the deal. RTD will receive $5 million over the course of five years in this agreement. The Board of Directors will determine how the $5 million is allocated. The line to DIA will be titled the University of Colorado A Line. “We are thrilled to be partnering with the University of Colorado for this first contract through our corporate partnership program,” said Chuck Sisk, RTD Board Chair. “We believe that branded sponsorship is an emerging marketplace with many valuable opportunities for the local and national business communities.” RTD estimates that the rail line to the DIA will have an annual ridership of 10 million which includes locals and out of town riders. The line to DIA is slated to open in 2016. Trains will run every 15 minutes at peak hours and will travel at a top speed of 79 mph.

“The University of Colorado is excited to partner with RTD on this initiative that brings together the state’s leading public higher education institution with the crown jewel of the largest and newest public transportation project in the United States,” CU President Bruce D. Benson said. “CU is kicking off a major marketing initiative next month and the University of Colorado A Line and Flatiron Flyer will be important parts of the effort.”

RTD is also currently seeking other advertising and sponsorship opportunities through its corporate partnership program.

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RTD commuter rail cars
February 20, 2015 at 12:15 am 0
Recently RTD had its commuter rail cars on display at the platform behind Denver's Union Station. The cars are designed to travel farther and faster than RTD's light rail vehicles. Reaching speeds of 79 miles per hour passengers will be whisked from Union Station to Denver International Airport in 35 minutes. Each car will have 90 seats and luggage racks are installed in each car. These vehicles are expected to run every 15 minutes during peak hours. The rail line to DIA that the commuter rail cars will serve, is labeled the East Rail Line. Service on this line is slated to begin in 2016.
Exterior view of the RTD Commuter Rail Car

Exterior view of the RTD commuter rail car.

Inside view of the RTD Commuter Rail Car

Inside view of the RTD commuter rail car.

View out the window of RTD Commuter Rail Car

View out the window of RTD commuter rail car.

Photos by Denver Urban Review.
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RTD Board Swears In New Directors
January 22, 2015 at 2:51 am 0
Two newly-elected and five re-elected members were sworn into the Regional Transportation District's (RTD) Board of Directors on January 6th. Directors are elected to a four-year term and represent a specific district. The two newly-elected members are:      - Ernest Archuleta, District C      - Tina Francone, District N The five re-elected members are: ​     - Barbara Deadwyler, Distrct B ​     - Larry How, District J ​     - Paul Solano, District K      - Lorraine Anderson, District L      - Chuck Sisk, District O "I look forward to working with the Board collaboratively and continue to pursue RTD's mission providing quality transportation to the region, further implementation of the FasTrack voter initiative, and as part of that initiative, we are preparing for the opening of five new projects in 2016," said re-elected Chair Chuck Sisk. ​RTD Board elections are staggered so that eight seats are open in one general election and seven in the next. 
Communter rail car at Denver's Union Station 12/14

Communter rail car at Denver's Union Station 12/14

 
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