DTP Employees Receive Silver Cross Award
Christine Reed and Adolfo Nietch were presented with a Silver Cross award for Life Saving Action at Denver Transit Partners’ Nov. 19, 2013 All Hands Safety Meeting.
Adolfo Nietch, safety lead on the East Rail Line, and Christine Reed, flagger, assisted a member of the traveling public who wandered onto the project site, underdressed for the cold weather and in physical duress. Their decision to intervene resulted in reuniting a lost man with his family and supported maintaining a safe work site for workers and the public. The man’s family reported him missing shortly before he stepped off a bus near the East Rail Line work zone. Denver paramedics responded and were able to give aid to the man and get him back to his family.
Denver Transit Partners had nearly 900 employees and subcontractors attend the All Hands Safety Meeting to discuss project updates and various safety topics to include the project’s safety programs, on-track safety and electrification, and how to prepare for the upcoming winter weather conditions.
Pecos Time-lapse Video…Worth A Thousand Words!
Suspending freight train operations for eight hours is a rare occurrence. But that’s exactly what Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway and Denver Transit Partners (DTP) did in preparation for the Regional Transportation District (RTD) FasTracks Eagle project. The installation of drainage systems under the BNSF track will serve the future Gold Line and Northwest Rail Line Segment tracks. Click on the video below to watch this exciting piece of work unfold!
DTP Donates $15,000 to RTD’s WIN Program
Demonstrating its ongoing commitment to the Regional Transportation District’s (RTD) Workforce Initiative Now (WIN) Program, Denver Transit Partners (DTP), the concessionaire for RTD’s Eagle P3 Project, donated $50,000 to the WIN Program on Aug. 14, 2013.
The WIN program is a collaborative partnership between RTD, Community College of Denver, the Urban League of Metropolitan Denver and DTP. “WIN helps job seekers, companies, and local communities through the creation of career opportunities in the transportation and construction industries” states Phil Washington, RTD General Manger. “These substantial gifts will bolster WIN’s ability to put more people to work.”
Since its inception in 2010, more than 600 individuals have been served, placed and directly benefited from the program. The average starting wage for program participants is $15.26 per hour or $32,157 annually.
“The value of the WIN Program to the community is unique because it creates collaboration between employers and the job training community. For contractors, it provides a timely pipeline of qualified candidates for our industry, while building sustainable careers” Explained DTP Executive Project Director Greg Amparano. Currently, WIN efforts on the Eagle P3 project are concentrated on workforce opportunities along the East Rail Line to Denver International Airport. Click here to learn more about the RTD WIN Program.
Commuter Rail Cars Take Test Run
The commuter rail cars that will carry passengers along East Rail Line, Gold Line, and Northwest Rail Westminster Segment have reached a major milestone in their assembly. On May 28, 2013, the cars moved under their own power for the first time on the test track at the Hyundai Rotem plant in Changwon, Korea. Click here to view the video of the railcar on its test run and to learn more about the commuter rail cars. All 56 of the commuter rail car shells have been fabricated.
40th Avenue Reconstruction
As part of the construction of the RTD FasTracks East Rail Line, which will travel from Denver Union Station to Denver International Airport, on Nov. 28, 2012, Denver Transit Partners closed 40th Avenue from Blake Street to York Street. This closure will be in place for up to 16 months*.
The closure is taking place in order to relocate the following utilities: communication lines, electric transmission lines, waterlines, storm sewer pipe lines and gas lines in the area. 40th Avenue will be shifted to the south to make room for the East Rail Line tracks that will be located on the north side of the street. In addition to making way for the future East Rail Line, the work will improve 40th Avenue. Denver Transit Partners will repave the entirety of 40th Avenue from Blake Street to York Street in concrete with one lane traveling in each direction, with a center turn lane. The installation of eight-foot sidewalks on the south side of 40th Avenue will increase pedestrian safety. There are currently no sidewalks on 40th Avenue between Blake and York. Additionally, improved drainage in the resurfaced street will help to reduce the “bathtub effect” that is common on 40th Avenue during large storms. The reconstruction of 40th Avenue will also realign the 40th and York intersection, in an effort to improve the traffic flow in the area and make the intersection safer for motorists and pedestrians.
Closing the area for 16 months causes less overall impact – a partial closure of 40th Avenue during construction would extend the time frame of the construction activities to three years. A complete street closure creates improved safety for pedestrians, motorists, cyclists and construction workers. It also allows construction crews to complete all of the necessary work as soon as possible.
On Wednesday, Oct. 3rd and Thursday, October 4th, Denver Transit Partners held a public meeting regarding the upcoming reconstruction of 40th Avenue. We would like to thank everyone that attended. For those of you who were not able to attend the meeting and would like more information on the reconstruction of 40th Avenue, click here to view the presentation.
If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact the East Rail Line Public Information Manager, Joshua Solis, at 303-297-5284 or Joshua.Solis@dtpjv.com.
*Please not that construction schedules are subject to change.
For additional information on the Eagle P3 project or other RTD FasTracks rail lines, please visit www.rtd-fastracks.com.
DTP crews setting girders on the commuter rail bridge over Peña Boulevard. The work is part of the RTD FasTracks East Rail Line, the commuter rail train from Denver Union Station (DUS) to Denver International Airport
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DTP work crews constructing the Broadway Bridge, Sand Creek Freight Bridge, and the Quebec Street Bridge. The work is part of RTD FasTracks East Rail Line, the commuter rail train from Denver Union Station (DUS) to Denver International Airport
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