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Mile High on Rail!
Publication Date
May 20th 2013


The mile-high region of Denver, CO is excited about The Regional Transportation District’s (RTD) new West Rail Line, 12.1 miles of light rail running between Denver’s redeveloped Union Station and Jefferson County Government Station.


The West Rail Line is the first completed line of RTD’s ambitious FasTracks project, a program that has become a model for the nation during times of anemic infrastructure investment. FasTracks is a comprehensive transit expansion plan to build 122 miles of new commuter rail and light rail, 18 miles of bus rapid transit, 21,000 new parking spaces and bike amenities at light rail and bus stations, and enhanced bus service for easy bus-to-rail connections across eight different Colorado counties. Valued at more than $7.4 billion, it will provide a reliable and safe regional transit option that will significantly shorten commute times to and from downtown Denver, help reduce vehicular emissions, spur economic growth, and in the short term, create jobs.


Urban Engineers (Urban) provided Project Management Oversight of the preliminary engineering and final design of the West Rail Line and risk assessment services for RTD as the organization prepared for a federal grant application for the FasTracks project.


Since 2007, has been providing independent assessments of the FasTracks’ Annual Plan for the Denver Regional Council of Governments, the Metropolitan Planning Organization for the greater Denver area. Urban’s scope of work has encompassed an independent and objective evaluation of RTD’s financial plan, including capital and operating cost assessments, revenue and financing assessments, and an overall evaluation of the plan.