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Denver lands $1B federal grant for RTD.

Postby the1wags » Sun Aug 28, 2011 6:23 pm

Denver is about to announce (31st) that they have recieved a $1B  :shock: grant to aid in construction of the next phase in RTD's Fast Tracks program. This phase is the East Corridor commuter rail line from Union Station downtown to DIA and also the Gold Line commuter rail from Union Station to Arvada/Wheat Ridge. The Fast Tracks program is the largest public transportation project under construction in the US.

Link to RTD's page detailing the East Corridor.
http://www.rtd-fastracks.com/ec_1

RTD page for the Gold Line.
http://www.rtd-fastracks.com/gl_1

Article about the grant.
http://www.aurorasentinel.com/email_pus ... 002e0.html

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Postby iamjacobm » Sun Aug 28, 2011 10:19 pm

Wow!  Good for Denver.  It would be nice if they could slide a little our way to get a measly streetcar starter line going  :;):.

Love that they are going to get their airport connected to downtown.  It sounds like this will give them around 45 miles of light rail total...awesome.

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Postby Seth » Sat Sep 03, 2011 1:30 pm

Well, Omaha shows a little interest in investing some of our own money in streetcars, I don't think we should expect the Feds to hand us anything, especially when there are so many other cities that have an actual focus and interest in it.

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Postby Bosco55David » Wed Sep 07, 2011 3:44 pm

That is badass.

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Re: Denver lands $1B federal grant for RTD.

Postby iamjacobm » Wed May 14, 2014 4:25 pm

Looks like Denver's $500 million Union Station project is now complete. I can't find a great picture to show just how cool the project is.

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Re: Denver lands $1B federal grant for RTD.

Postby Brad » Thu May 15, 2014 9:54 am

iamjacobm wrote:Looks like Denver's $500 million Union Station project is now complete.  I can't find a great picture to show just how cool the project is.


The1Wags posted some on his FB Page.

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I will see if he or Zephyr got any inside yet.
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Postby Brad » Thu May 15, 2014 9:55 am

One of Zephyr's Construction Photos:

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Re: Denver lands $1B federal grant for RTD.

Postby iamjacobm » Sat May 21, 2016 4:00 pm

Very good write up on Denver's light rail system and its impacts.

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/05/what-works-denver-rail-system-growth-213905?paginate=false

How the $7.6 billion FasTracks project saved Denver from a dreaded fate locals call “Houstonization” is the story of regional cooperation that required the buy-in of businesspeople, elected officials, civil servants and environmentalists across a region the size of Delaware. Their ability to work collectively—and the public’s willingness to approve major taxpayer investments—has created a transit system that is already altering Denver’s perception of itself, turning an auto-centric city into a higher-density, tightly-integrated urban center that aims to outcompete the bigger, older coastal cities on the global stage.

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Re: Denver lands $1B federal grant for RTD.

Postby Uffda » Thu Jun 30, 2016 7:43 pm

I went to Denver for a Tech Conference this week and rode the "A" Line Rail from DIA to Union Station in downtown Denver on Sunday and back to DIA this morning - 35-40 minutes - $9 one way. I was impressed. Also stayed about 2 blocks from the 16th Street Mall so rode the Free MallRode bus from Union Station on Sunday and from Coors Field yesterday and to Union Station this morning to catch the rail to DIA. This morning the whole trip from the hotel at 14th and Glenarm to DIA took about approx an hour.


They have also opened a Free MetroRide bus line during rush hours (Monday - Friday, 6 - 9 a.m. and 3:30 - 6:30 p.m) just east of the 16th street for a faster connection to Union Station

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From their website they have 3 more rail lines opening this year.

http://www.rtd-denver.com/Fastracks.shtml

Looking out to DIA Platform

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Coming into DIA

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Re: Denver lands $1B federal grant for RTD.

Postby HR Paperstacks » Thu Jun 30, 2016 8:30 pm

I'm going there for UberConf in a few weeks. Wonder if I'll have time to check it out.

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Re: Denver lands $1B federal grant for RTD.

Postby Uffda » Thu Jun 30, 2016 9:13 pm

Coming into Union Station the train passes Coors Field


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Re: Denver lands $1B federal grant for RTD.

Postby skinzfan23 » Fri Jul 01, 2016 8:22 am

When we went to Denver 2 years ago, we took the light rail from out near the suburb of Morrison (where Red Rocks is located) to the Rockies' game downtown. It was great. We then traveled up and down 16th St on the free bus. Obviously Denver is much bigger than Omaha, but I think Omaha could learn a few things from them.

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Re: Denver lands $1B federal grant for RTD.

Postby daveoma » Sat Jul 02, 2016 2:28 pm

skinzfan23 wrote:When we went to Denver 2 years ago, we took the light rail from out near the suburb of Morrison (where Red Rocks is located) to the Rockies' game downtown. It was great. We then traveled up and down 16th St on the free bus. Obviously Denver is much bigger than Omaha, but I think Omaha could learn a few things from them.

Totally agree! I think if we had a light rail/street car from the airport to downtown, HDR would've picked another location downtown.


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