DENVER, July 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Monday, July 25 marked the grand opening of the first phase of B Line, a 41-mile commuter rail line that will eventually link downtown Denver to Longmont. The first phase of the project, as part of Eagle P3 project, includes an initial 6.2 mile commuter rail line from Denver Union Station (DUS) through Adams County and North Denver to a new station at South Westminster. The owner, Denver's Regional Transportation District (RTD), celebrated the event with a ribbon-cutting ceremony today.
Awarded in 2010 to the Denver Transit Partners concessionaire, the B Line – formerly known as the Northwest Electrified Segment Rail Line – is one component of the 36-mile Eagle P3 Commuter Rail Network project, the nation's first passenger rail public-private partnership (P3). P3 is a unique project delivery model that enabled RTD to partner with the Denver Transit Partners team to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the $2.3 billion commuter rail network project.
Balfour Beatty Infrastructure, Inc., an infrastructure contractor headquartered in Atlanta, GA, is a member of the Denver Transit Partners team responsible for the delivery of the Eagle P3 Commuter Rail Network project. The firm is also a member of the design-build contracting team Denver Transit Systems, which is responsible for the design and construction of the fixed facilities and the systems, the procurement of the rolling stock, systems integration and testing and acceptance of the train sets. As part of a separate joint venture, Denver Transit Constructors (DTC), Balfour Beatty Infrastructure was subcontracted to DTS for the design and construction of the fixed facilities and the wayside systems. Other team members include Fluor Corporation, Ames Construction, and Alternate Concepts.
The Eagle P3 project is part of RTD's FasTracks Plan, a multi-billion dollar transit expansion program to build and operate new commuter, light rail and bus rapid transit services and expands transportation offerings throughout the eight-county metro area in Denver. In addition to the B Line, which opened on July 25, other components of the project include:
- University of Colorado A Line – the 22.8-mile commuter rail line that links DUS to Denver International Airport, which opened on April 22
- Gold Line – a new 11.2-mile commuter rail line from DUS to Wheat Ridge, CO, which is scheduled to open later in 2016
- A new commuter rail maintenance facility (CRMF) that was certified LEED Gold in May 2015
- Operations and maintenance (O&M) of the three rail lines, including the new 66-vehicle fleet until the end of 2044 (29 years). Denver Transit Operators (DTO), the team responsible for the O&M contract, will have over 200 full-time employees.
"Increasing our presence in the design-build and alternative delivery markets for transit and infrastructure projects is directly in line with our corporate strategy," said Ray Bond, President and CEO of Balfour Beatty Infrastructure. "The Eagle P3 project has been a critical component of this long-term strategy, and we look forward to safely operating and maintaining the network through 2044."
Balfour Beatty Infrastructure is also leading the design and construction of the phase one of the North Metro Rail Line, RTD's next commuter rail extension project. The 12.5 mile rail line will deliver commuters from Denver Union Station to 124th Avenue with future plans to extend the commuter rail line an additional six miles to Highway 7. The project includes construction of the Skyway Bridge, which will be the longest bridge in the state of Colorado upon completion in 2018.
Balfour Beatty Infrastructure, Inc. is a member of the Denver Transit Operators joint venture, which is the team responsible for the operations and maintenance of the Eagle P3 Commuter Rail Network, its facilities and equipment through 2044. The Eagle P3 Commuter Rail Network Project is one of the firm's five major contracts with RTD.
About Balfour Beatty Infrastructure, Inc.
Balfour Beatty Infrastructure, Inc. constructs and maintains commuter rail, light rail, highways, bridges over land and water, tunnels, wastewater and potable water treatment plants and rail civils projects. The company excels at large, complex projects delivered under design-build, alternative delivery (P3) and CM/GC models as well as through traditional design-bid-build methods. Balfour Beatty Infrastructure's services include industry-leading design, engineering, construction and maintenance for state department of transportations, transportation authorities, rail transit authorities, Class 1 and regional/short line freight, industrial railroads and ports. Headquartered in Atlanta, Balfour Beatty Infrastructure, Inc. is part of Balfour Beatty plc, a global infrastructure services business operating in the US, Canada, United Kingdom, Middle East and Asia, with a worldwide commitment to providing assets that help societies function, develop, and thrive. To learn more about the company, visit www.bbiius.com.
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