By Patte Smith
On January 11, Regional Transportation District (RTD) representatives met with the public to present the alternative assessment (AA) findings, which is the second phase of its Southeast Light Rail study. The meeting was held at the Lone Tree Recreation Center.
The AA outlined RTD’s locally preferred alternative, which includes a light-rail line running south from the Lincoln Station, stopping at SkyRidge Medical Center for a “kiss and drop” – which is a no parking lot destination for the light rail.
The line would then cross over I-25 going east with a “kiss and drop” at the proposed Lone Tree Town Center. Then it would continue south, ending at a proposed 2,000 car garage on Ridgegate Parkway, which would be located east of I-25 between the highway and south Havana Street (frontage road) on the south side of Ridgegate Parkway.
Traffic was once again a major topic at the meeting, with the congestion on Ridgegate one of the primary concerns. RTD officials reassured those in attendance that those concerns will be addressed in the Environmental Review Process (ERP), which is the next phase of the study.
RTD will hold another public meeting later in the year to present the findings of the ERP. The current RTD plan is to submit a decision document in November to the Federal Transit Administration, which is necessary for eligibility for Federal funding.
For more information on the extension project, go to www.RTD-FasTracks.com.