Denver Transit Partners (DTP) and its project partners incorporate sustainability practices into the culture and daily operations on the Eagle P3 Project. To DTP, sustainability means conducting business in a socially, economically and environmentally responsible manner to the benefit of current and future generations, thereby creating value for all of our stakeholders.
Sustainability on the Eagle P3 Project
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An important aspect of a community’s sustainability is the sustainability of it social capital – the skills, knowledge and health of the individuals in the community and their ability to work together to improve quality of life for all.
- Workforce Development through the WIN Program – The regional Workforce Initiative Now (WIN) is a collaborative partnership between RTD, Community College of Denver, Denver Transit Partners (DTP) and the Urban League of Metropolitan Denver. WIN helps job seekers, companies, and local communities through the creation of career opportunities in the transportation and construction industries. Click here to learn more about RTD’s WIN Program.
- Disadvantaged/Small Business Enterprise Contracts – DTP is committed to partnering with Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) and Small Business Enterprises (SBE) in designing, building, operating and maintaining our project. We support the Regional Transportation District (RTD) SBE Program as well as the City and County of Denver and Colorado Department of Transportation’s DBE Program. DTP joins these entities as they work to create a level playing field, remove barriers and assist in the development of small businesses. Click here for information on our DBE/SBE Programs.
- Training – As a pre-requisite to working in the field, orientation training on safety and environmental issues has been given to more than 2,000 employees of DTP and its partners. Other training includes an in-depth environmental orientation, OSHA-10 and OSHA-30 training.
- Community Outreach – Since the beginning of the project, DTP has conducted numerous public information and outreach meetings. As construction proceeds, DTP contacts local businesses and residents affected by the project’s work.
- Railcar Refinements – DTP installed a railcar mock-up at Denver Union Station to solicit feedback on the railcar design. Based on this outreach, custom modifications were made to the railcars that will be delivered to the Eagle P3 system.
- DTP Volunteer Day – Each year DTP holds a Day of Service where employees volunteer at local non-profit agencies. In 2012, more than 30 DTP employees volunteered concurrently at A Precious Child, The GrowHaus, and The Park People, representing 155 hours of community service to non-profit organizations that serve the community in our project corridor.
- Community Service– DTP performs monthly community service that has resulted in the volunteering of over 700 hours of their time working with a variety community organizations.
- Charitable Contributions – DTP gives to a variety of community organizations in the Denver Metro Region. DTP staff personally contributed over $5,000 to a variety of DTP-sponsored activities including a drive to provide backpacks with school supplies to 114 disadvantaged students in the Denver area in collaboration with A Precious Child, our Community Partner Agency for 2013. During the summer of 2012, DTP provided matching contributions to all employee donations to both the Aurora Victim Relief Fund and to the American Red Cross Colorado Chapter, supporting victims of the Aurora theater shooting and the Colorado wildfires respectively.
- Waste Reduction – Through employee recycling and green kitchen supplies, DTP is reducing its carbon footprint in
- Reductions of Employee Vehicle Miles Traveled – Through the encouragement of public transit use, carpooling, and biking, employees are reducing the number of vehicular miles traveled to and from work.
Sustainability considerations designed into the project include an employee rail station within a ½ mile of the commuter rail maintenance facility (CRMF); bike racks at all stations; preferred parking spaces at the CRMF for fuel-efficient and low-emitting vehicles; storm water management features; reflective roofing materials at the CRMF; water-efficient plumbing fixtures; native plants for landscaping to reduce water needed for irrigation; and energy-efficient lighting.
Commitment to Sustainability through LEED Certification
The design and construction of the CRMF is on track for a LEED Silver certification.
Construction considerations relative to sustainability include hazardous material and site remediation, storm water management and water quality management, construction activity pollution prevention, dust mitigation and particulate mitigation, maintaining clean streets, noise mitigation, and light pollution mitigation.
Soil Conservation / Habitat Preservation
All topsoil is conserved at jobsites, stockpiled and stored for reuse in the Eagle P3 project. DTP has had multiple efforts regarding fauna preservation for prairie dogs, owls and raptors.
The CRMF is on track to divert 75% of all construction and demolition waste from the landfill. Construction materials that have been or will be diverted include concrete, asphalt, and metals including rail scrap.
Salvaged Material Procurement
264 tons of surplus rail from the RTD West Corridor project was salvaged for reuse as yard rail in the Eagle P3 project. Also, DTP is currently in discussions with BNSF to salvage the rail that will be taken up along the Gold Line corridor, and to reuse it for guard rail on DTP bridge structures.
Regional Material Procurement
The majority of the material being purchased in the Design/Build phase of the Eagle P3 project, with the exception of the Rolling Stock, is from regional sources within 500 miles. This has a sustainability impact as there is a reduction in transportation requirements and there is a sustainable benefit to the regional economy.
- Concrete ties for Eagle P3 lines were manufactured in Denver by Rocla.
- Rails were manufactured in Pueblo, Colorado.
- All of the special trackwork, switches, frogs and crossovers come from a regional manufacturer in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
- All ballast for the Eagle P3 project is regionally procured from Albert Frei and Sons quarry in Colorado.
Efficient Material Use through Standardization
More than two-thirds of bridge structural elements such as girders and beams are standardized so that prefabrication is possible. Mechanically-stabilized earth (MSE) wall panels are also standardized and prefabricated. Factory manufactured pre-fabricated elements have less waste than field-constructed bridges and use reusable precast forms.
Operations and Maintenance
- Rolling Stock Sustainability Features include Lower Volatile Organic Compound (VOC)-emitting Materials and Products including paints, building materials, and cleaners; and regenerative braking that generate power in the braking mode and is feed back into the system’s power supply for traction power.
- As the result of input from the public and special interest groups (ADA community, bicycle advocacy groups, service animal group) at public engagement meetings held in the Spring of 2011, a number of changes were made to the design of the rail cars including:
- Improved maneuverability space for wheelchairs
- Improved luggage space
- Improved handrails, especially around door areas
- Improved flip seat design & wheelchair securement
- Added bicycle storage to accommodate variety of users
- Added a handhold between seat head rests to assist with seating
- Improved passenger emergency intercom accessibility