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Denver RTD to evaluate four proposals to build North Metro line


The Regional Transportation District of Denver (RTD) on Monday received proposals from four design-build teams for the North Metro project that eventually will extend commuter-rail service north from Denver.

The four teams are a Bechtel/Herzog joint venture; Graham, Balfour Beatty Hamon Contractors; North Metro Transit Solutions, a Kiewit/Stacy and Witbeck joint venture; and URS Energy and Construction Inc., RTD officials said in a press release.

The teams responded to a request for proposals issued on June 28. Graham Consulting Ltd. approached RTD in February with an unsolicited proposal. After reviewing it, RTD staff determined it met the agency's policy for unsolicited proposals and was worth moving forward to a competitive procurement process, they said.

A committee will evaluate the design-build proposals, then recommend the most qualified bidder to RTD's board at a Nov. 5 meeting of the FasTracks Monitoring Committee. The board is scheduled to act on the contract award at its Nov. 26 regular board meeting.

"Our goal through this proposal process is to not only build the entire North Metro Line, but to determine if there are other parts of the program that can be built at this time," said RTD General Manager Phil Washington. "RTD remains committed to completing the entire FasTracks program as quickly as we can."

The North Metro project involves the construction of an 18.5-mile commuter-rail line from Denver Union Station through Denver, Adams County, Commerce City, Thornton and Northglenn, ending at Highway 7. Design and construction of the line is scheduled to begin next year.

The FasTracks program calls for building 122 miles of commuter- and light-rail lines, and 18 miles of bus rapid transit service, and redeveloping Denver Union Station.