By Patte Smith; illustration provided by Southeast Light Rail
The RidgeGate and Lone Tree area has had a lot of building activity lately with the new Cabela’s opening, the additional Sky Ridge development, the construction of the Charles Schwab campus, and the new Kaiser Permanente complex, to name a few. With more development, transportation issues come to the forefront of planning and with that, the continued speculation over the RTD light rail extension to Lone Tree and RidgeGate.
The public can now view videos of the proposed southeast rail line addition to Lone Tree and RidgeGate.
The four computer-generated videos of the future plans focus on the areas of Lincoln to Sky Ridge, Sky Ridge to Lone Tree, the proposed Lone Tree City Center to RidgeGate, and also the entire project extension.
The proposed plan is to extend light rail transit service to the new RidgeGate Parkway interchange by providing a “kiss-n-ride” station at Sky Ridge Medical Center and a kiss-n-ride station at the planned Lone Tree City Center.
A new end-of-line station at RidgeGate with a 2,000 space park-n-ride facility is also part of the proposed plan. The video shows a proposed parking lot on the east side of the South Havana frontage road, north of the Schweiger Ranch.
This project was recently accepted into the federal grant funding process, which is an important step in determining if the southeast extension remains a good candidate for federal funding.
Also, the future plan is for residents to be able to travel on one train from Lincoln Station, and eventually from the RidgeGate Parkway Station, via the I-225 Rail Line to the Peoria Station to connect to the train to Denver International Airport in 2016.
To view videos of the proposed Southeast Rail Line Extension, visit www.rtd-fastracks.com. On the menu bar click on the Southeast Rail Extension and under Key Links click on What’s New and then Main View Video page.
The illustration shows the Southeast Light Rail line, including the addition of the line to RidgeGate.