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T-REX closes out light rail portion $3.7 million under budget

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Denver's Transportation Expansion (T-REX) project, which opened to the public in November 2006, has completed the final close-out on the project. The transit portion of the T-REX project is being completed $3.7 million under budget. The Regional Transportation District's Southeast Light Rail line was built as a part of T-REX, which was a combined highway/light rail expansion project and successful partnership between RTD and the Colorado Department of Transportation. The project was also completed 22 months ahead of the original schedule and included several additional enhancements along the corridor that weren't part of the original project.

The transit portion of the
T-REX project is being closed out $3.7 million under budget even after
incorporating the following additional elements into the project:

• Three pedestrian bridges

• Access to Park Meadows
Mall

• Commissioned art at
various stations

• Louisiana/Pearl Station
plaza

• Power upgrades to the
entire system

• New track crossover and
tail track at Lincoln Station

• Power switches at the
Southmoor Station

• Overhead Catenary System
(OCS) overlaps 

• Additional lightning
protection for electrical equipment

• Additional safety
barriers

• Dayton Station access to
Boston St.

• Arapahoe Station plaza

• Dry Creek pedestrian
bridge extension

• Nine Mile canopy

The Transportation
Expansion Project or T-REX was a $1.67-billion project that included widening
of I-25 and I-225 in the southeast corridor of the Denver metro area, building
the Southeast Light Rail transit line, construction of several bridges and
interchanges, drainage improvements, enhanced bicycle and pedestrian access,
and the addition of transportation management elements. 

The Southeast Light Rail
Line was budgeted at $879 million, with $525 million funded by the Federal
Transit Administration. Since the light rail line opened in November 2006 the
number of passenger trips continues to surpass ridership projections for the
year 2020.

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