RTD Breaks Ground on Final Phase of West Rail Line
RTD is breaking ground on the final structure on the West Rail Line that will serve Denver, Lakewood, Golden and Jefferson County. The groundbreaking on the five-story, 800-space parking garage at Sheridan Boulevard and 10th Avenue places RTD one step closer to opening the 12.1-mile line in April 2013—eight months ahead of schedule. The structure, which is expected to serve more than 3,700 each weekday, will open with the rest of the line—next April.

“As the build-out of the West Rail Line nears completion, this groundbreaking marks a milestone for the entire Denver metro region. The prospects of greater connectivity to boost our region-wide efforts towards economic development, job creation and rapid transit are what spurs this development effort forward,” said Denver Mayor Michael Hancock.

The West Rail Line, the first of RTD’s FasTracks rail lines, has also served as an economic engine for the metro area. It is estimated that 200 people will be needed to construct this latest parking garage.
“The Sheridan contract requires 51% small business participation, which is an unprecedented level of commitment to the small business community in the Denver metro area,” said Phil Washington, RTD general manager.

The structure is being designed by Gensler and built by Swinerton Builders Colorado, which is also building the RTD parking garage at Wadsworth Boulevard and 14th Avenue in Lakewood. The parking structure is designed to maximize sustainable features such as low water-use landscaping, storm water quality, bicycle parking, and provisions for future solar panels and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. Swinerton will recycle material during construction and implement a site management plan for erosion control and to contain all construction debris.

“We’re proud to be partnering with RTD to develop a key component in such a crucial transit system,” said Scott Conrad, Swinerton Builders vice president and Colorado division manager.

The West Rail Line is a 12.1-mile light rail line that will serve Denver, Lakewood, Golden and Jefferson County, connecting Denver Union Station to the Jefferson County Government Center. It is scheduled to open with an expected daily ridership of 19,300.

FasTracks will build 122 miles of commuter rail and light rail, 18 miles of bus rapid transit service, add 21,000 new parking spaces, redevelop Denver Union Station and redirect bus service to better connect the eight-county District. FasTracks is projected to create thousands of construction and related jobs during the height of construction and will pump billions of dollars into the regional economy over the next 20 years.

For more information about FasTracks, visit: www.rtd-fastracks.com.

For more information on Swinerton, visit the company’s website: www.swinerton.com/web/do/index
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