Denver Project Details

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: Central Corridor Extension (Existing System)   $21 million per mile
: 5.5 miles
Number of Stations
Cost:  $118 million (1995 dollars).
Project Details: In-street running through Downtown Denver from 30th & Downing to I-25 & Broadway. Crosses the Central Business District's 16th Street Mall Shuttle system at its midpoint.  Cost includes initial rolling stock, but excludes maintenance facility.

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Project: South-West Corridor Extension (Opened July 2000) 21.5 million per mile
: 8.3 miles
Number of Stations
Cost:  $177 million (1995 dollars)
Project Details:  Excludes years of significant work to the right of way which prepared the corridor's right of way.  Extension is from the southern terminus (Central at I-25 & Broadway southwest) along Santa Fe Drive to Littleton at Mineral Road. Line is reported to be open with insufficient park-n-ride capacity which may need to be added to in future years.

Project: Platte Valley Corridor Extension (Completion in 2001) 24 million per mile
: 1.8 miles
Number of Stations
Cost:  $43 million (1999 dollars)
Project Details: Extends from Central Corridor northward to Denver Union Terminal. 16th Street Mall Shuttle to be extended to Denver Union Terminal.

Project:  South-East Corridor Extension (Construction begins 2000/Opening in 2008)  44 million per mile
:  19.7 miles.
Number of Stations
Cost:  $874 million
Project Details:  Cost includes right of way, track, rolling stock and Park 'n Ride Lots. Will run along I-25 southeast from Central Corridor's junction with Southwest at I-25/Broadway. The southern Terminus will be at Lincoln Avenue in Douglas County. There is a significant spur up I-225 to the Nine Mile Park 'n Ride Lot in Aurora.
Funding Details:  Federal: 60% (Hopeful); Local 40% (Metro Denver passed a funding plan in November 1999).  Costs could rise further as the project lacks sufficient pedestrian access to destinations from several stations and has in sufficient park 'n ride capacity to support full ridership potential.

Project: US 36 Corridor  (System in Design Proposal Stage)    18 million per mile
Distance:  22.5 miles
Number of Stations
Cost:  $390 million (including rolling stock)
Project Details:  Denver Union Terminal (DUT), (with this corridor the Terminal will technically become a Station) to the University of Colorado at Boulder.  Alignment uses the existing Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) ROW from DUT to 89th Avenue where it will then run along the western edge of the US36 ROW to 106th Avenue where it will again rejoin the BNSF ROW to 96th Street in Broomfield.  It will then depart the BNSF and run along the eastern edge of the US36 ROW to the Williams Village complex at CU south of Baseline Road. Stations will be DUT, NW Denver (44th Ave./Pecos), Westminster South (72nd Ave./Lowell), Westminster Center (Sheridan/89th Ave.), Promenade/Church Ranch (104th Ave./US 36), Broomfield (120th Ave/US36), Flatirons Crossing (96th Street/US 36), Louisville/Superior (McCaslin/US36), Boulder Table Mesa (US36/Foothills Pkwy), Boulder CU (US36/Baseline) also an extension further into Boulder is being evaluated. This would run an additional 1.5 miles to Boulder's Crossroads Mall at Arapahoe/28th St. 7.5 minute bi-directional peak hour headways are proposed. End to end travel time (including stops) is forecast to be 37 minutes, and 23 minutes express from Table Mesa to DUT.
Rolling Stock - The study evaluated using Siemen's SD-100 Light Rail versus Light Diesel-Electric and determined that electric light rail was financially inferior to Light DMUs and therefore the SD-100 (used in the rest of Denver's grid) was eliminated. The line is being based on the Bombardier 644 DMU. The Platte Valley Line is being designed to allow Light DMUs like the 644 to interline with traditional SD-100 cars. The US36 Corridor will interline down the Platte Valley to the Auroura Campus of the University of Colorado, Denver.
Funding Details:  A funding proposal using Tax Incremental Financing will be introduced into the state legislature in 2000.

Note - Unless noted, costs DO NOT include rolling stock.

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Updated January 27, 2001