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Balfour Beatty Completes Construction of Denver Regional Transportation District’s Gold Line
May 03, 2019
Balfour Beatty and the Denver Transit Partners (DTP) joint venture team have completed construction and opened the 11-mile Gold Line (G Line) connecting Union Station in downtown Denver to Wheat Ridge Station in the city’s western suburbs.
The G Line is the Denver Regional Transportation District’s (RTD) third and final commuter rail line as part of the Eagle P3 Commuter Rail Project, which also includes the University of Colorado A Line, serving downtown Denver and Denver International Airport, and the B Line connecting Westminster, Colo. to Denver’s Union Station Transit Center.
“The opening of the G Line is a great milestone for RTD, Balfour Beatty and everyone involved in the delivery of the Eagle P3 project,” said Leo Quinn, Group Chief Executive of Balfour Beatty. “We are excited to open this key transit link for the Denver metro area and look forward to our continued work with RTD to safely operate and maintain the network through 2044.”
Using the Design-Build-Finance-Operate-Maintain model, DTP has successfully operated the University of Colorado A Line and B Line since 2016 with an on-time performance rating of over 97 percent. The University of Colorado A Line recently celebrated 1,000 days of service and doubled its capacity on the line as ridership continues to grow.
The Eagle P3 project is a public-private partnership that was awarded by Denver’s RTD to Denver Transit Partners (DTP). DTP is comprised of Fluor; John Laing plc; and Aberdeen Infrastructure Investments (No. 4) USA LLC, Balfour Beatty, Alternative Concepts Inc., and Ames Construction. The DTP consortium will operate the A Line, B Line and G Line for the 29-year contract agreement.
The Eagle P3 project is part of the RTD’s voter-approved FasTracks program to build 122 miles of commuter rail and light rail, 18 miles of bus rapid transit service, add 21,000 new parking spaces, redevelop Denver Union Station and redirect bus service to better connect the eight-county district.