ROW - Agreements - Permits

Construction on, across, above, and below RTD Right of Way (ROW) and RTD Facilities requires procedures specific to several RTD groups. Among these groups are RTD ROW, RTD Rail Operations & Maintenance of Way, RTD Facilities, RTD Safety and Security and RTD Engineering. To find the correct steps for your project, visit our RTD Construction Engineering page.

RTD ROW AGREEMENT POLICY

All Construction Requests MUST start with Agreement Requests to the RTD Real Property Department. RTD owns and had prior rights to the ROW in which we operate our many train corridors, bus routes, park-n-Rides, offices, shops, and maintenance facilities. ROW Agreement Requests must be submitted any time proposed work involves contractors working on/across RTD ROW or RTD Facilities.

Agreement Request Packages to RTD need to include:

  • Letter to RTD ROW explaining Location of Work, Details of Work, Method of Construction, Indicate if Temporary or Permanent changes to the ROW.
  • Drawings (Plan/Profile) showing your proposed work and RTD ROW and RTD facilities (ie. Tracks or Park-n-Rides)
  • Copies of any Existing Easements, Agreements, or Prior Rights claims
  • RTD Railroad Utility Agreement - Application Data Sheet (if entering RTD RR ROW or crossing RTD tracks with a utility)
  • Agreement Request Packages are first reviewed by Real Property, then routed to multiple RTD departments for review.
  • RTD Engineering will work with you to modify your design until it meets RTD Requirements & Criteria. Review time depends on the quality and completeness of your submitted design package and the number of conflicts with RTD systems.
  • Utility Work requires an additional Procedure - Utility Agreements.
  • After all RTD departments complete their review and if/when your Agreement request has been Approved, RTD Real Property and RTD Legal will begin writing your Agreement (60-90 days).

Final approval is NOT guaranteed until an RTD Agreement has been executed.

RTD LRT (Light-Rail-Tracks) ACCESS POLICY

An RTD Light Rail right-of-way Access Permit Request Form must be submitted any time:

  • Work is being performed by contractors in the ROW.
  • Work is being performed by maintenance/engineering that may affect train movements or personnel working the ROW.
  • Track is made impassable for any reason, other than emergencies.

APPLYING for LRT ACCESS PERMIT

In order to receive an LRT access permit to be in or work on the RTD rail alignment, a completed electronic access permit request must be emailed to railopspermits@rtd-denver.com no later than noon on the Wednesday two full weeks prior to the week the work will begin. LRT access permit requests can take up to 21 days to review.

When you submit a request, attendance is also required at the weekly Access Allocation meeting which will be held every Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. at the RTD Maintenance of Way Facility at 1350 Rio Court, Denver, CO 80204. If no representative attends the meeting, the request will not be approved.

Download the LRT ROW Access Request/Permit form - (PDF) (DOC)

PERFORMING APPROVED WORK on LRT

After receiving all necessary approvals, the work may be completed in accordance with the cautions and conditions indicated on the approved LRT access permit.

Work can begin when all personnel that will be in the ROW have completed the RTD On-Track Safety Training certification (RR Safety Training Subpage) and the certification is not expired. The completed and approved LRT access permit must be in the possession of the work party at the work site at all times.

The allowable work hours (times) indicated on the LRT access permit for track access are estimates. Actual starting and ending times may vary depending on the work progress and the requirements for safe train operation. The controller is authorized to make revisions as necessary, provided there is mutual agreement by the permit holder and the controller and that the revision is documented by the controller. No other information on the form can be changed without approval of the Manager of Light Rail Transportation and the Manager of Maintenance of Way or their designees.

RTD CRT (Commuter-Rail-Tracks) ACCESS POLICY

An RTD/DTO Commuter Rail Right-of-Way Access Permit Request Form must be submitted any time:

  • Work is being performed by contractors on, across, above, or below the RTDC ROW.
  • Work is being performed by maintenance/engineering that may affect CRT train movements or personnel working on the RTDC ROW.
  • Track is made impassable for any reason, other than emergencies.

APPLYING for CRT ACCESS PERMIT

In order to receive a CRT Access Permit to be in or work on any of the RTD CRT corridors, a completed electronic RTD/DTO Commuter Rail Access Request / Permit form must be emailed to rwic@rtdcrail.com  or track.usage@rtdcrail.com no later than 30 days prior to requested start date for construction.

When you submit a request, attendance is also required at the Pre-Entry Meeting currently held on Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. in the Mezz Breakroom at the CRMF building (or at a time and date estabished by DTO) after your request is submitted. If no representative attends the meeting, the request will not be approved.

Download the CRT ROW Access Request/Permit form - (DOC) (PDF)

PERFORMING APPROVED WORK on CRT

After receiving all necessary approvals, the work may be completed in accordance with the cautions and conditions indicated on the approved CRT access permit. The Contractor must notify DTO Operations Control Center (OCC) at 720-460-5907 prior to entering the site and again when clearing the site.

Work can begin when all personnel that will be in the ROW have completed the RTD DTO CRT safety safety training and the certification is not expired. The completed and approved CRT access permit must be in the possession of the work party at the work site.

The allowable work hours (times) indicated on the CRT access permit for track access are estimates. Actual starting and ending times may vary depending on the work progress and the requirements for safe train operation. The controller is authorized to make revisions as necessary, provided there is mutual agreement by the permit holder and the controller and that the revision is documented by the controller. No other information on the form can be changed without approval of the RTDC-DTO OCC.

RTD FACILITY ACCESS POLICY

An RTD Facility Access Permit Request Form or Building Grounds Access Permit (BGAP) Request must be submitted any time:

  • Work is to be performed by contractors on, across, above, or below any RTD non-track Property or Facility.
  • Work being performed by maintenance/engineering that may impact RTD impact any RTD non-track Properties or Facilities.
  • RTD Properties or Facilities will be made impassable for any reason, other than emergencies.

APPLYING for FACILITY ACCESS PERMIT

In order to receive a BGAP to be in or work on any of the RTD property or facility, a completed electronic RTD BGAP Request form must be emailed to BGAPpermits@rtd-denver.com no later than 5 days prior to requested start date for construction.

Download the BGAP Request form

PERFORMING APPROVED WORK on RTD FACILITY

After receiving all necessary approvals, the work may be completed in accordance with the cautions and conditions indicated on the approved BGAP form. The Contractor must notify RTD Facilities (Engineering and Maintenance) at 303-299-2977 prior to entering the site and again when clearing the site.

RTD BUS ROUTE ACCESS POLICY

RTD operates 172 Bus Routes throughout the District with approximately 80 park-n-Rides and 9,077 bus stops. Construction projects in local jurisdiction streets can impact bus routes and can cause safety hazards to passengers. RTD places passenger safety and service reliability at the highest importance. Work must be coordinated with RTD Bus Operations anytime:

  • Work risks impact to bus routes, Park-n-Rides or bus stops.
  • Work is to be performed by contractors on, across, above, or below any RTD Bus Facility.
  • Work is being performed by maintenance/engineering that may impact RTD passengers from safely accessing Bus Facilities.
  • Work requires a temporary short-term or long-term relocation of a Bus stop or Bus route.

Contact RTD Bus Operations:
Email: Gina.Callahan@rtd-denver.com
Phone: 303-299-6926