- Environmental assessment
- Preliminary and final design
As the Denver, Colorado, metropolitan area has continued to grow, there has been a corresponding need for extended intercity transportation. URS worked on a team integrated with Regional Transportation District staff to complete the Central Platte Valley Light Rail Extension.
URS conducted an environmental assessment of the project and subsequently assisted with the development of preliminary and final design plans and specifications for the $65 million extension. A review of the effects of the project on congestion and air quality was conducted, as well as other benefits that would be attained by the successful completion of the project. The study identified benefits to the local economy, including reducing the demand on limited downtown parking and improvements to accessibility for the city.
The 1.8-mile extension to the existing Southwest Line provides an essential link for metro area residents, visitors and business customers to access the Central Platte Valley and lower downtown area. In addition, it serves all three of the major professional sports venues in the region.