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Pending UP, RTD pact calls for moving yard and intermodal terminal away from Denver


Union Pacific Railroad is proposing to build a classification yard and intermodal terminal between Brighton and Fort Lupton, Colo., to relocate the facilities away from Denver and make way for two commuter-rail corridors.

UP is negotiating an agreement with the Regional Transportation District (RTD) of Denver under which RTD would purchase a 55-mile right of way between Denver and Greeley, Colo., from the railroad to build two FasTracks commuter-rail corridors. As part of the agreement, UP would relocate the yard and terminal to a new site, which would include a transloading area.

The railroad and RTD are funding feasibility and cost studies for the facility relocations. The studies will be completed in late 2007, after which UP and RTD will determine whether to finalize their agreement.

If the project moves forward, construction on the yard and terminal could begin in late 2008 or early 2009 and conclude in 2010.

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