Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Denver's FasTracks passes a key milepost

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The board of Denver’s Regional Transportation District agreed Tuesday to pay BNSF Railway $144 million for land, relocation, and engineering services to clear the way for FasTracks passenger rail projects.


The price includes $102.7 million for property in a BNSF freight corridor from Union Station to West 71st Avenue in Westminster, and in another corridor from Sheridan Boulevard and West 58th Avenue to the city of Golden, Colo.


The Denver Post noted that while RTD’s planned Gold Line service to Arvada and Wheat Ridge has a terminal station at Ward Road near West 49th Avenue, the agency is acquiring property to Golden for a potential extension.

The BNSF will operate freight trains on separate tracks.