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Pedestrian Bridge opens over I-25
July 30, 2015 at 1:58 am 5
This week the pedestrian bridge near Evans and I-25 opened and will allow cyclists and walkers a safe path over I-25. The bridge will help improve connectivity in the area. An RTD light rail station is located on the west of I-25 near Colorado Boulevard and Evans. According to Denver Public Works, this light rail station has 5,600 daily boardings and departures and an estimated 43 percent of riders walk to/from transit. Construction on the bridge began in March of 2014. Below are a couple of photos of the bridge and a short video clip I created: Colorado Center I-25 pedestrian bridge.   Colorado Center I-25 pedestrian bridge.
*Video clip music courtesy Youtube's free audio library
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Transportation
RTD’s commuter rail maintenance facility
July 29, 2015 at 12:05 am 0
The Regional Transportation District (RTD) is currently testing trains on the East Line, a commuter rail line that will connect Denver's Union Station with Denver International Airport. The East Line will begin service in 2016. The trains that will run on this line will require a site where the trains can be cleaned, maintained and stored. To that end, a commuter rail maintenance facility has been constructed at 5151 Fox Street in north Denver near the I-25 and I-70 interchange.
Commuter rail maintenance facility. Image courtesy RTD.

Commuter rail maintenance facility. Image courtesy RTD.

In addition to the East Line, the following yet to open rail lines will utilize the facility:
  • The Gold Line will operate from Union Station to Arvada
  • The Northwest Rail Line will operate from Union Station to downtown Longmont
  • The North Metro Rail Line will run from Union Station and will eventually extend to northern Adams County
This week it was announced that the commuter rail maintenance facility was awarded LEED Gold certification for energy efficient design. The 230,000 square foot facility is part of the Eagle P3 project and was constructed by Fluor Corporation.
Commuter rail maintenance facility. Image courtesy RTD.

Commuter rail maintenance facility. Image courtesy RTD.

“This facility will benefit the community for years to come,” said Terry Towle Fluor’s Infrastructure president. “Fluor's collaborative approach to project development, execution and delivery enhanced the sustainable features of this facility, which is recognized by the achievement of LEED Gold certification.” Once all the rail lines open, the facility is expected to employ approximately 220 employees that consist of operators, mechanics and support staff. Also housed at this property is the Operations Control Center that will serve as the nerve center for rail traffic, security and communication. For more information on RTD's rail system take a look at their website.
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Project Announcements, Transportation
New East Line station with transit oriented development
July 22, 2015 at 1:09 am 2
Rendering of planned Peña Station courtesy DIA.

Rendering of Peña Station courtesy DIA.

Denver International Airport (DIA) and the Regional Transportation District (RTD) have announced that a sixth station will be added to RTD's East Line adjacent to a planned 400-acre transit oriented development. RTD's East Line is a 22.8 mile commuter rail line that is slated to open in 2016. This line will connect Denver's Union Station with DIA. The original plans for the East Line did not include this sixth station that will be located at 61st and Peña Boulevard. Travel time from Union Station to DIA was originally slated to be 35 minutes. With this station at 61st, the estimated travel time is now 37 minutes. The commuter trains will travel at a top speed of 79 mph. “This new station provides a convenient access point into RTD’s regional rail system for commuters and other riders from the growing northeast metro area,” said David Genova, RTD’s interim general manager and CEO. “This improvement would not have been possible without our long-term partnership with Denver, its airport team and the landowners, who worked together to create an asset that will significantly benefit the region.”
Exterior view of the RTD Commuter Rail Car at Denver's Union Station.

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

The transit oriented development that is planned to be developed adjacent to this new East Line station has been named "Peña Station." This master planned mixed-use development is slated to include commercial, multi-family residential, hotel, healthcare and retail components. The first ground-up construction at Peña Station will be the 112,000 square-foot headquarters facility for Panasonic Enterprise Solutions Company. “This rail stop, anchored by the Panasonic Enterprise Solutions Company headquarters facility, will create a unique smart sustainable transit-oriented development which will set the stage for the next generation of transit-oriented developments in North America,” said Cal Fulenwider, President of L.C. Fulenwider Inc.
Rendering of Peña Station courtesy RTD.

Rendering of Peña Station courtesy RTD.

The planning of new East Line station and Peña Station has been a joint venture between four property owners, including DIA and L.C. Fulenwider, Inc. They also agreed to an overall finance plan to fund all of the initial infrastructure. Fulenwider will serve as lead developer for Peña Station. “The transit oriented development at Peña Boulevard Station validates the Mayor’s vision of an Aerotropolis: the airport serving as a catalyst for regional economic development around its perimeter,” said airport CEO Kim Day. “Airports around the world are increasingly using development opportunities to enhance the economic benefits to their airports and their communities and while many are ahead of us, we are now well on our way.” Construction of the Panasonic facility is expected to begin this October and the East Line is slated to begin service in the spring of 2016 with the Peña Boulevard station being operational at that time.  
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Union Station
DUS wins 2015 Distinguished Achievement Award
July 7, 2015 at 11:43 pm 0
DUR 2015.

DUR 2015.

Denver Union Station has won the Best Development in Commercial Property Executives (CPE) 2015 Distinguished Achievement Award. After years of redevelopment efforts, The Great Hall at Union Station is now very active with a mix of restaurants and shops. The upper floors of the historic station now serve as the Crawford Hotel. The hotel is named after well known preservationist Dana Crawford who spearheaded the efforts that saved Larimer Square.

Trammell Crow Company served as the owner’s acting representative in the entity comprised of key public and private stakeholders known as the Denver Union Station Project Authority. 

This award is presented to a project that encompasses good teamwork, innovation, benefits the surrounding community, and illustrates sound business and financial decision making.

“We are thrilled for Denver Union Station to be recognized by fellow industry leaders and peers,” said Trammell Crow Company’s Denver Business Unit Senior Managing Director Bill Mosher. “The project’s success is due to the creation of a design-build team, familiar with working on complex intermodal projects and dedicated to delivering a world-class project to the Denver community. The deal included an adaptive and innovative funding process, sustainable design efforts, and compound partnerships with the City and County of Denver, regional and state transportation, and several private developers.”

In addition to the redevelopment of the historic Great Hall is the creation of a transit hub at DUS. A new train platform has been constructed that will serve Amtrak as well as RTD trains.

Exterior view of the RTD Commuter Rail Car

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

Beginning in 2016 RTD's East Line will open. This commuter rail line will provide access from DUS to Denver International Airport (DIA) on trains that will travel up to 79 miles per hour. Trains will cover the 22.8 mile distance between DUS and DIA in 35 minutes.

Also included in the new transit hub is a 22-gate underground bus concourse. The bus concourse was designed with skylights and bright yellow tile to make the subterranean space more inviting to travelers.

Denver Union Station in 1941. Photograph courtesy Denver Public Library.

Denver Union Station in 1941. Photograph courtesy Denver Public Library.

Back in Denver's early days the Transcontinental Railroad bypassed Denver when builders elected to construct the railroad through Wyoming. They felt the smaller mountains would be easier to negotiate than building the railroad over the larger mountains of Colorado. The nearest railroad station was in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Denver's business leaders recognized that for Denver to grow it was critically important to have a rail connection to the rest of the nation. To that end, Denver's business leaders raised enough money to build a rail spur from Denver to Cheyenne and in 1881 the Great Hall at DUS opened.

Passenger rail travel dramatically decreased during the second half of the 20th century as air and highway travel became more popular. During that chapter DUS became a quiet place. However, through the tremendous efforts of public and private groups, today Denver Union Station is once again alive and back on track.

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City Improvements
RTD plans renovations for Civic Center Station
June 24, 2015 at 4:53 pm 0
Rendering of renovations to Civic Center Station. Courtesy RTD.

Rendering of renovations to Civic Center Station. Courtesy RTD.

Rendering of Civic Center Station Renovations. Courtesy RTD.

Rendering of Civic Center Station Renovations. Courtesy RTD.

is The Regional Transportation District (RTD) has confirmed that it will be moving forward with plans to renovate Denver's Civic Center Station as stated today in a phone call with RTD's Communications Manager Tina Jaquez. This station has served as one of the book ends of the 16th Street Mall shuttle. At the other end of 16th Street is Denver's renovated Union Station. The Civic Center station also serves as a stop for other RTD bus routes. The station was constructed in the early 1980's and no major improvements have been made to the station since it began service. The space is 20,000 square feet and RTD is partnering with the Downtown Denver Partnership to create a long-term and short-term plan for Civic Center Station. Jaquez stated that in addition to the renovations, RTD is looking into possible community uses of the space and potential retail use. Currently a request for proposal has been issued for potential general contractors of the project. "With the transformation of Union Station complete, our focus is shifting to updating the other end of the 16th Street Mall. Civic Center has served as one of RTD's busiest regional transit centers and been a part of the downtown landscape for decades. It's time for this transit hub to get a much-needed facelift and to revitalize the surrounding area to meet the needs of generations to come," said Jaquez. Tomorrow RTD will be providing an opportunity for the community to discuss this project with with members of RTD tomorrow at Civic Center Station (1560 Broadway) from 11am to 2pm. The renovations are slated to begin in March of 2016.
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