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Commuter Rail Cars Take Test Run

Commuter rail car undergoing testing

Commuter rail car undergoing testing

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.


Denver Transit Partners Holds Gold Line/Northwest Rail Pancake Breakfast Open House

2014 Gold Line/Northwest Rail Open House in Arvada

2014 Gold Line/Northwest Rail Open House in Arvada

DTP would like to thank everyone who attended our third annual Gold Line/Northwest Rail Open House. Your attendance at the June 21st event made it a huge success!
The event, held at the Olde Town Square in Arvada, served 350 members of the public a delicious pancake breakfast while providing updates on the progress of the Gold Line and first segment of the Northwest Rail Commuter lines.

2014 Gold Line/Northwest Rail Open House in Arvada

2014 Gold Line/Northwest Rail Open House in Arvada

Since the Gold Line groundbreaking in 2011, DTP hosts an annual community open house to update stakeholders on project progress. We provide an opportunity for face to face answers to questions and or concerns. Our team members review on-going and upcoming construction activities, related detour information, share existing photos or renderings of the boarding stations and so much more.This year, we brought in heavy construction equipment for attendees to see in person and to demonstrate its use on the project.

Keeping you informed on project progress is our public information team’s number one priority!

If you were unable to attend the open house and would like to learn more about the Gold Line or the first segment of the Northwest Rail Line, please contact Christina Zazueta, Gold Line Public Information Manager, at 303-576-3352 or Christina.Zazueta@dtpjv.com.


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*.

To date, the following items have been completed on 40th avenue:

40th Avenue Reconstruction

40th Avenue Reconstruction

  • Roadway drainage improvements
    • Drainage box installations
  • New concrete roadway installed with a traffic lane in either direction
  • Construction of concrete plinths in order to place rails on the north side of 40th Avenue
  • Installation of new 9’ sidewalks
  • Curb and gutters added to the road
  • Street lights installed
  • Relocation of utilities, including:
    • Waterlines
    • Waste water lines
    • Gas lines
    • Electrical lines
  • Construction of centralized underground storage for fiber optic lines

Items still to be completed on 40th Avenue include:

40th Avenue Reconstruction

40th Avenue Reconstruction

  • Rail to be installed on plinths
  • Sidewalks
  • Asphalt tie-ins to adjacent roads, Franklin, High, Williams, etc.
  • Fence installation
  • Reconstruction of 40th Avenue/York Street/Josephine intersection including the commuter rail crossing

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 in 2012, 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 note that construction schedules are subject to change.


40th Avenue Reconstruction

40th Avenue Reconstruction

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.

40th Avenue Reconstruction

40th Avenue Reconstruction

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.


DTP Employees Receive Silver Cross Award

Christine Reed and Adolfo Nietch receive the Silver Cross award from Thaddeus Allen, Construction Safety Manager

Christine Reed and Adolfo Nietch receive the Silver Cross award from Thaddeus Allen, Construction Safety Manager

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.


DTP Donates $15,000 to RTD’s WIN Program

Greg Amparano (Center) DTP Executive Project Director, Phil Washington (Right) RTD General Manager, Angie Rivera-Malpiede (Left) RTD Director, District C

Greg Amparano (Center) DTP Executive Project Director, Phil Washington (Right) RTD General Manager, Angie Rivera-Malpiede (Left) RTD Director, District C

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.


DTP Places Girders on the Quebec Street Bridge

Girder Installation on the Quebec Street Bridge

Quebec Street Bridge Girder Installation

On August 9th, 2012, Denver Transit Partners (DTP) continued progress on the East Rail Line by setting girders on the Quebec Street Bridge along Smith Road. The girders were lifted by the largest crane in the state and placed in their final location above Quebec Street. The girder lift was expected to take two nights, however thanks to the skill and precision of the construction team, the work was completed in a single night. For public safety, Quebec Street located under the bridge was closed from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. during the girder lift.

 

The work performed is part of the RTD FasTracks East Rail Line, the commuter rail train that will provide service from Denver Union Station (DUS) through Denver and Aurora to Denver International Airport (DIA).

This work represents the second bridge to be constructed out of the 22 bridges along the FasTracks Commuter Rail Project. The bridge will provide a vital link between the future Central Park Boulevard Station and Denver Union Station, while eliminating the need for traffic to stop on Quebec Street to make way for passing Commuter Rail Cars. Additional work on the Quebec Bridge will continue for 30 days* with intermittent lane and full road closures.


Watch the Girders Being Set Over Peña Boulevard!

As part of the construction of the RTD FasTracks East Rail Line, DTP crews installed the girders on the Peña Boulevard bridge over the course of three days. Watch the time-lapse video below to see this exciting project milestone!


DTP Places Girders over Peña Boulevard

As part of the construction of the RTD FasTracks East Rail Line, DTP construction crews set the girders over westbound (outbound) Peña Boulevard on Saturday, Mar. 23, 2013. On Monday, Mar. 25, 2013, DTP crews set the girders within the Peña Boulevard median. The DTP team constructed a new access road that allowed motorists to travel through the area while the work was being performed in order to maintain access to and from DIA at all times.

At approximately 1,952 feet long, the Peña Boulevard bridge has 17 spans and crosses over Peña Boulevard, near East 75th Avenue and the rental car facilities at DIA.

The girders are currently planned to be placed over eastbound Peña Boulevard on Saturday, Apr. 6, 2013.* Motorists should expect traffic delays during this construction activity.

The RTD FasTracks East Rail Line will travel from Denver Union Station to DIA and have 5 stations between DUS and DIA. The East Rail Line is scheduled to be completed in 2016.


2013 Fill A Backpack School Supply Drive Successful

Kyle Barnett, TJ Smith, Nick Carlson, and Jay Hanz pitch in with the backpack stuffing.

Kyle Barnett, TJ Smith, Nick Carlson, and Jay Hanz pitch in with the backpack stuffing.

Denver Transit Partners generated more than 100 backpacks filled with school supplies for this year’s Fill A Backpack program to benefit A Precious Child. Volunteers assembled an additional 400 backpacks with supplies and donated $800+ for the purchase of backpacks and supplies to A Precious Child, who has a goal of providing 6,000 backpacks filled with schools supplies to children in need prior to the start of the school year.Today, more families than ever need assistance to provide their children basic school supplies and the upcoming school year is quickly approaching. Click here for additional information on A Precious Child’s Fill A Backpack Program.

 

 


PCL Hosts Safety Lunch at CRMF

PCL Hosts Safety Lunch at CRMF

PCL Hosts Safety Lunch at CRMF

PCL hosted a safety lunch for over 100 workers at the Commuter Rail Maintenance Facility site on Thursday, March 14. In addition to beautiful weather, attendees enjoyed hotdogs and hamburgers, as well as prizes for correct answers to safety questions asked by site management. Todd Ostendorf, DTP’s CRMF Project Engineer, spoke about the importance of safety to DTP and about the criticality of the CRMF to the success of the Eagle P3 Project.

PCL has worked at the CRMF site for five months without an incident. While there are approximately 50 people currently working onsite, they plan to ramp up to nearly 400 workers at peak construction.

Denver Transit Partners appreciates PCL’s commitment to safety and
their employees.


Gold Line Open House Dates Rescheduled

Denver Transit Partners (DTP) is hosting their annual Regional Transportation District (RTD) Gold Line and Northwest Rail Westminster Segment open houses. Come learn more about the commuter rail lines that will serve Denver, southwest Adams County, Arvada, Wheat Ridge and Westminster.

The evening will provide project schedule information and details of upcoming construction activities along with progress photos. RTD and DTP project experts will be on hand to personally meet attendees and answer questions on various aspects of the project including station information, commuter rail vehicles and sustainability efforts. Families are invited to learn about safety around the new rail lines and participate in a variety of activities.
Our open house events also offer great introduction to employment, training and contracting opportunities for small or disadvantaged businesses during the life of the project.

Open houses start at 5:30PM and end at 7:30PM. Bring your questions or comments to any of the following meetings.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Westminster High School
6933 Raleigh Street
Westminster, 80030
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Highlands Masonic Center
3550 Federal Boulevard
Denver, 802110

 

Light refreshments will be served.
Click here to view the invitation.
For additional information, special needs requests or to request Spanish translation, please contact Christina Zazueta at 303-576-3352 or Christina.Zazueta@dtpjv.com.


DTP Hosts East Rail Line Open Houses

East Rail Open House in Denver

East Rail Open House in Denver

Denver Transit Partners (DTP) and the Regional Transportation District (RTD) would like to thank everyone who attended our 3rd Annual East Rail Line Open Houses in October 2012! Over the course of the five meetings held in Denver and Aurora, more than 130 community members attended.The open houses provided a great opportunity for our team to meet personally with community members to provide a general project overview, an update on ongoing and upcoming construction activities and finally, to answer questions or address any concerns they may have.

Current progress and upcoming construction on the East Rail Line was reviewed along with details on the other aspects of the Eagle P3 Project (the Gold Line, Commuter Rail Maintenance Facility, and the Northwest Rail Line Westminster Segment). Additionally, various project programs designed to support our local workforce and to provide updated contracting opportunities to small and disadvantaged businesses were presented, as well as how to get involved in those programs.

We’d also like to thank the representatives from the City and County of Denver and Denver International Airport’s South Terminal Redevelopment Program for joining us and providing project updates to those in attendance!

If you were unable to attend any of the open houses, please click here to see the presentation. If you have any further questions or would like to learn more about the East Rail Line, contact Joshua Solis, the East Rail Line Public Information Manager, at 303-297-5284 or Joshua.Solis@dtpjv.com.