The Regional Transportation District has sent out request for proposals to build out the North Metro Line and bids are due by Sept. 23.
Brook Svoboda, Northglenn’s director of planning and development, and Jim Starling with RTD updated Northglenn City Council on the status of the FasTracks line during its July 22 regular meeting.
“A year ago when I was up here giving the last update we were sort of at a standstill with this particular project and things have accelerated and moving even faster every day,” Svoboda said.
The accelerant is thanks to an unsolicited proposal that RTD received in December. This prompted RTD to solicit other competitive bids. The RTD Board is expected to vote on a proposal Nov. 19.
“The contract will be a design built contract meaning that we have not completed 100 percent design on the work so the proposers will have to finish that off and do the construction,” Starling said. “They’ll be doing all the civil work — bridges, structures, stations.”
He added the contractor would also help RTD acquire right-of-way and provide everything required to run the train, including the overhead wiring, signal and communication systems.
Funding is already in place for the first part of the North Metro Line, between Denver Union Station and the National Western Stock Show. The construction of that segment is expected to be completed by 2017.
In September, RTD vowed that securing funding for the North Metro Line up to 72nd Avenue was a top priority. This vow came on the heels of public criticism by area leaders after RTD board decided against placing a 0.4 percent sales tax increase on the November 2012 ballot, which would have helped fund the construction of the North Metro and Northwest lines. They also criticized the board for approving and funding extensions before the entire FasTracks have been built out.
When the RTD board approved its amended regional transportation plan last year, the plan stated that service to 72nd would not happen until the 2030-35 timeframe with the funding currently available.
Because the bids for the work are confidential, not much is known at this point about the new time frame and if the line would be completely built.