RTD names GM/CEO finalists
December 9, 2015 at 1:27 am 0
RTD Union Station

The Regional Transportation District (RTD) Board of Directors has named three finalists in a statement late Tuesday, in their search for the district’s new general manager and CEO. 

The three finalists are Stephanie Dawson, Dave Genova and Richard Leary.

RTD provided the below information on each candidate in Tuesday's statement:

Dawson is the acting chief operating officer at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. She joined the Port Authority in 1995. Her current responsibilities include overseeing aviation, tunnels, bridges, terminals, port commerce, PATH Rail, operations services and the newly created office of storm mitigation and resilience.

Genova is the current interim general manager and CEO for RTD. He has been with RTD for more than 21 years, serving as the assistant general manager of safety, security and facilities for the past eight years. In that position, his responsibilities included overseeing safety certification for rail line openings and the renovated Denver Union Station.

Leary is the chief service officer for the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC), the third largest urban mass transit system in North America. His responsibilities include the day-to-day revenue operations, customer services and safety at the TTC.  Prior to joining the TTC, he was the chief operating officer for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority.

“This is a critical time in the history of RTD, so we are pleased to have such strong finalists,” board chairman Charles Sisk said. “We have searched across the world to find the most qualified candidates to ensure RTD continues to be the best transit agency in the nation.”

RTD will host a public open forum with the finalists from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 10, at the Embassy Suites Denver Convention Center, 1420 Stout Street.  Attendees will be asked to provide feedback in writing on each finalist following the forum. Comments also may be submitted online at www.rtd-denver.com/gminput.

The RTD Board will interview the finalists on Friday and is expected to appoint a full-time general manager by the end of year.

Phil Washington served as RTD's General Manager for 6 years. It was announced in March that he had accepted a position with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority – also known as LA Metro.

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Exterior view of the RTD Commuter Rail Car at Denver's Union Station.

Multiple RTD rail lines are expected to open in the near future. The commuter rail line that connects Denver's Union Station to Denver International Airport has been announced to begin service on April 22, 2016.

The G Line, a commuter rail line that will run between Denver's Union Station through Arvada to Wheat Ridge is expected to begin service in 2016.

Also slated to begin service in 2016 is the R Line, a 10.5 mile light rail line that will run along I-225 in Aurora.

The N Line, a commuter rail line that will provide service from Denver's Union Station to the metro area's northern suburbs began construction in 2015. This phase of construction will take the line as far north as 124th Avenue in Thornton. Future plans for the line have it extending an additional 5.5 miles to the north to North Thornton Highway 7.

Project Announcements
352-unit apartment project for Olde Town Arvada
August 25, 2015 at 4:48 pm 2
Old Towne Arvada

Rendering of Solana Olde Town Station courtesy ARA Newmark.

A 15.3 acre site at 6855 West 56th Avenue in Olde Town Arvada has been purchased by Southern California-based ReyLenn Properties. This property is slated to be developed into a 352-unit apartment community. The Denver office of ARA Newmark provided brokerage services to the buyer in this transaction. ARA Newmark Managing Director Chris Cowan stated, "ReyLenn Properties has been deeply committed to Olde Town Arvada and this location for years. Their persistence in navigating the many complexities of this site will bring future residents an exciting and high-quality community that will redefine the Olde Town Arvada lifestyle." KTGY architecture and planning firm designed this project. This residential development has been titled Solana Olde Town Station. One, two, and three bedroom units will be offered ranging in size between 650 to 1,354 square feet with 72 percent of units having attached garages. Community amenities will include a pool, yoga and spin studio, and a golf simulator. RTD's Gold Line, an 11.2 mile commuter rail line will have a station at Olde Town Arvada. The line will provide rail service to Denver's Union Station and will have connecting service to Denver International Airport. The commuter rail vehicles can travel up to a speed of 79 mph. The Olde Towne Arvada station broke ground in 2014 and is expected to be fully completed in the summer of 2016. "We feel Olde Town Arvada is a very dynamic place to be right now and we are excited to be part of the community. Equally as exciting was the kindness and sincerity we experienced within the area. It really has a neighborhood feel," stated Jason Smith partner for Reylenn. Solana Olde Town Station is expected to break ground this month with construction slated to be completed in the fall of 2017. {google_map},6855 West 56th Avenue Arvada, CO{/google_map}
RTD to buy 36 new electric mall shuttles
August 24, 2015 at 8:44 pm 0
Downtown Denver

Current RTD shuttle bus on Denver's 16th Street mall. DUR spring 2015.

The Regional Transportation District (RTD) Board of Directors announced it has approved the purchase of 36 electric shuttles. These new vehicles will be used for the 16th Street MallRide in downtown Denver. The 45-foot shuttles are 100 percent electric powered and will have a 12-year lifespan that will equate to $100,000 in savings over that time according to RTD. “The current shuttles have been in operation for over fourteen years and it is time to replace our aging fleet to continue providing high-quality service to our riders,” said RTD Interim General Manager and CEO Dave Genova. “The new shuttles will provide the most advanced and clean-energy technology to help the environment while meeting the unique needs of vehicle operation on the busy 16th Street Mall." The cost of 36 electric vehicles will not exceed $27.1 million and are being manufactured by BYD Motors Inc. in China. Assembly of the shuttles will take place in California. Design feature have been incorporated into the shuttles specifically to meet the needs of the 16th Street MallRide. Wide doors will be incorporated into the vehicles for easy boarding and exit of passengers. Low floors will also be included for a smooth transition on and off the shuttles. This fleet of vehicles will also have air conditioning for Denver's hot summer days.
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RTD secures naming rights deal with CU
August 18, 2015 at 7:21 pm 5
DIA train

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 to build the best online stock trading platform. The Board of Directors will also 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.

$233 million light rail extension takes step forward
August 6, 2015 at 1:40 am 0
Downtown Denver RTD Light Rail

RTD light rail. DUR summer 2015.

The planned extension of RTD's Southeast light rail line is now one step closer to becoming a reality. Last week RTD's Board of Directors approved a $140 million two-phased contract awarded to Balfour Beatty Infrastructure Inc., to construct the extension in Douglas County. Construction is slated to begin in the spring of 2016. "The board's contract award is a strong symbol of how much we value the collaborative and innovative spirit of working with our regional partners," said RTD Board Chair Chuck Sisk. This project will add 2.3 miles of rail to the south along I-25. The extension will conclude at RidgeGate Parkway on the east side of the interstate where a station will be located. 1,300 parking spaces and connecting bus lines will be located at the RidgeGate station. Two additional stations are planned to be added to the extension with one located near the Sky Ridge Medical Center and the other near the planned Lone Tree Center. "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 projected budget is $233.1 for the entire 2.3 mile extension. Of this budget $34 million was spent by the end of 2014 on environmental analysis, preliminary engineering and design, and eight new light rail vehicles. The project is being financed through a combination of federal, local and private funding. The full extension is expected to be completed in early 2019.