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By Chris LaTuso, P.E. and Karen Creamer, P.E. While Denver’s Regional Transportation District (RTD) makes effective use of its light rail and bus network to move more than 322,000 riders on an average weekday, it recognized a need to improve service from downtown Denver to outlying residential areas and Denver International Airport (DIA). RTD initiated the multi-billion dollar FasTracks program with a goal of adding 122 miles of commuter and light rail, 18 miles of bus rapid transit, expanded parking at rail and bus stations and more. A key component of FasTracks is the $2.1 billion Eagle Public-Private Partnership (P3) project, which calls for three new commuter lines in and out of Denver Union Station, a maintenance facility and 14 new stations. Peaceful Easy Feeling Eagle is the largest P3 mass transit project in the United States. The P3 approach allows RTD to transfer risk to the private sector, away from taxpayers, and spread out costs over approximately 30 years. It also makes it possible for RTD to get the finished system up and running much more quickly than in a more tradition design-bid-build scenario. RTD entered into a concession agreement with Denver Transit Partners to design-buildfinance-operate-maintain the Eagle P3 project. Denver Transit Partners is a concessionaire comprising Fluor Enterprises, John Laing and Uberior Infrastructure Investments. Fluor and HDR are heading the design team, with HDR providing rail system planning and design. The concessionaire strategy allows an accelerated project delivery schedule with a firm fixed date and penalties for delay, ensuring that targeted revenue service on all three lines will be met. RTD is financing a significant portion of the project with private dollars, distributing expenditure of its local dollars over a longer term. In return, RTD will make service payments to Denver Transit Partners over the life of the project. [23]

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