The Southeast Rail Line includes 19.1 miles of the popular RTD light rail system. It extends from I-25/Broadway to Lincoln Avenue in Douglas County, with an additional connection along I-225 from I-25 to Parker Road.
When the extension is completed in 2019, residents will be able to travel from the Ridge Gate station on the new R Line through Aurora to Peoria Station and connect to the commuter train to Denver International Airport or travel to Union Station in downtown Denver.
The final four teams received a Request for Proposal at the end of February. Their proposals will be due to RTD in May. After a finalist is selected and the RTD Board awards a contract, the Notice to Proceed (NTP) for design work is expected to be granted later this year while the NTP for construction is expected in 2016.
In July 2014, the RTD Board authorized a $207 million extension of the existing Southeast Light Rail Line farther south into Lone Tree. RTD has applied for $92 million in federal funds and has been accepted into the first phase of the Federal Transit Administration New Starts Capital Investment Program.
Additionally, local business associations and businesses in the southeast metro Denver area have committed to contributing $25 million in cash and $15 million in right-of-way, permits and other in-kind contributions to get the light rail extension project completed.
This local match would comprise 16.5 percent of the project cost and far exceeds the 2.5 percent match RTD has asked of its local partners. Of the project's total $207 million cost, RTD's investment would be $66 million or about 32 percent.
Source: RTD Board
The Southeast Rail Line
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