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Work to start on Southeast Rail Extension May 10

Construction on RTD's highly anticipated Southeast Rail Extension Project will break ground May 10, 2016. The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has awarded RTD $92 million through its Capital Investment Grant (CIG) Program.

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Southeast Rail Extension map
The funds allow RTD to give Balfour Beatty Infrastructure Inc. (BBII) the notice to proceed with construction. BBII is the construction contractor selected by RTD to build out the extension transit project.

“FTA is proud to partner with Denver to support the Southeast Rail Extension,” said FTA Acting Administrator Carolyn Flowers. “By expanding light rail south of the city, we are helping to create efficient, new access to Denver and all that the city has to offer, improving connections for residents along the I-25 corridor who are traveling to jobs, school, medical care and other opportunities in downtown Denver and throughout the metropolitan area.”

FTA is providing $92 million in federal funds toward construction of the $233.1 million Southeast Rail Extension. The remaining cost is being covered by local funding sources.

"The start of construction on the Southeast Rail Extension is another shining example of how important collaboration and innovation are to completing the FasTracks vision,” said RTD Board Chair Tom Tobiassen. “This project wouldn't be happening without the support from the local jurisdictions, as well as our federal partner. It is because of our strong partnerships that we continue to expand public transportation throughout the Denver metro area and create a city that is ready for the future."

Unprecedented local funding and support

An unprecedented $25 million in cash and an estimated $3 million in land and right of way permits from the City of Lone Tree, Douglas County, Coventry Development and the Southeast Public Improvement District made the Southeast Rail Extension a reality for this region.

"Local funding and support for the Southeast Rail Extension reflects the importance and impact the extension has on the region, beyond the City of Lone Tree’s borders,” said Lone Tree Mayor, Jim Gunning.

Options galore

The Southeast Rail Extension project—from Lincoln Avenue to RidgeGate Parkway—is part of the 2004 voter-approved FasTracks plan. The extension will add 2.3 miles of light rail to the existing 19-mile Southeast Rail Line.The project also includes three new stations, 1,300 parking spaces and the purchase of eight vehicles.

When the project is completed in 2019, residents will have the option to travel from the RidgeGate Station on the E Line to Union Station, the F Line to 18th•California, and the new R Line through Aurora to Peoria Station and connect to the University of Colorado A Line commuter train to Denver International Airport or to Union Station in downtown Denver.

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Artist's conception of RidgeGate Parkway Station