Denver, Colorado/Southeast Corridor LRT
Southeast Corridor LRT
The Regional Transportation District (RTD) and the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) are implementing the Southeast Corridor project, a 19.12-mile light rail transit (LRT) system extending from the existing LRT station at Interstate 25 and Broadway in Denver along I-25 to Lincoln Avenue and I-25 in Douglas County, with an LRT spur line along I-225 to Parker Road in Arapahoe County. The project includes 14 stations, 34 light rail vehicles, a maintenance facility and system upgrades. The double track system will operate in an exclusive, grade-separated right-of-way and connect with the existing 5.3-mile Central Corridor LRT in downtown Denver at the existing Broadway station. At I-25 and Broadway, the Southeast Corridor LRT will also connect with RTD’s 8.7-mile Southwest Corridor LRT. Total capital cost of the fixed guideway element of the Southeast Corridor project is estimated at $879.3 million (escalated dollars), including right-of-way acquisition, final design, construction and acquisition of rolling stock. Ridership is estimated at 38,100 average weekday boardings, including 12,900 new riders.
CDOT, in cooperation with the Denver Regional Council of Governments and the RTD, completed a Major Investment Study (MIS) on the Southeast Corridor in July 1997. The MIS resulted in the selection of a multimodal package of highway and rail improvements. FTA and the Federal Highway Administration issued a Final Environmental Impact Statement for the project in December 1999 and a Record of Decision in March 2000. RTD and FTA entered into a Full Funding Grant Agreement (FFGA) on November 17, 2000, which committed $525 million in Section 5309 New Starts funds to the project. Per the FFGA, revenue operations are scheduled to begin by June 30, 2008.
TEA-21 Section 3030(a)(23) authorized the Denver Southeast LRT for final design and construction. Through FY 2001, Congress has appropriated $6.41 million in Section 5309 New Starts funds to the project.