We're reinventing Denver.
We're civil engineers.
We are FasTracks.
Jeff Kay, Joe Christie, & Jerry Nery
Engineers for the new Union Station
They are known as “J cubed” – Jerry, Joe and Jeff – or J to the third. Jerry Nery, Joe Christie and Jeff Kay make up the RTD FasTracks engineering team overseeing the Denver Union Station renovation. “We say it a lot, but it’s true. When it reopens this summer, Union Station will be the crown jewel of the RTD system,” says Nery, who managed the project.
As it turns out, Nery and Christie are Colorado State University graduates and Jeff Kay is a University of Colorado-Boulder alumnus, but the trio does not allow old college rivalries to impede their ability to work well together. They have become good friends and are proud of their shared engineering legacy.
Nery was born in Okinawa, Japan, while his father served in the U.S. Army. At CSU, he earned a bachelor’s degree in construction management. He and his wife have two grown sons and three grandsons. When he isn’t managing huge construction projects, Nery enjoys golfing, snow-shoeing and fly fishing.
Kay is the project engineer who implemented technical systems at Union Station, including a state-of-the-art public announcement system over the train platform. Born in Red Bank, N.J., he earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering at CU-Boulder. He and his wife have a 5-year-old daughter and are expecting another daughter this month. Kay spends his free time listening to music, skiing and stretching his culinary wings at home.
For his part, Christie, a Denver native, is the project engineer who managed construction at Union Station. Among other details, he oversaw the six-month installation of the new train hall canopy, a complex endeavor that put his engineering skills to task. Christie and his team sank the canopy, which stretches the length of one and a half football fields, into bedrock beneath Union Station to ensure stability. He spends his off time snowboarding, camping, fishing, reading and shooting photos. Echoing the group’s sentiments, Christie says, “I’m excited to see how Union Station makes Denver blossom. From here on out, it puts us in a new category of cities within the U.S.”
I'm a grandmother.
I'm a caring neighbor.
I am FasTracks.
I am RTD.
Sitting still isn't my strongest suit. I get out every day and get involved in my community. Over the years, I've made more than a few friends, especially during the years of work to bring the West Rail Line to life. As a girl, I rode streetcars. Now light rail passes my house. I can't wait to ride the new commuter rail lines in 2016. One of our greatest gifts to future generations is better ways to get around town.
- Nettie Moore, Age 89
Public transit has played a recurring role in Nettie Catherine Moore’s life. She and her childhood friends rummaged for redeemable bottles to pay the 25-cent fare to take them by streetcar to Denver’s now-defunct Comet Theater for movie matinees. The boy who became her husband escorted her home from church on a streetcar the day they met and stopped only while he served in the Navy during World War II. “And he kept taking me home,” she says of Richard Moore, her late husband of 55 years.
Moore, 89, (née Pacetti) as lived on the same West Denver block since 1927 and her presence resonates richly like a Bob Dylan song. She remembers summer softball games, kickball in the streets and ice-skating at Sloan’s Lake. A longtime community activist and volunteer, she has collaborated with every Denver mayor since Federico Peña and her achievements include a park across the street from her house that bears her name. Her two children, eight grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren are proud Moore lobbied for a safe place for neighborhood children. “I guess I blossomed with age,” she says of her contributions since her 1990 retirement from Denver Public Schools, where she was a lunchroom manger for 28 years. As it marked its 150th anniversary in 2008, Denver listed Moore among its 150 Unsung Heroes—“ordinary people who have done extraordinary things to help make our City a better one for this and future generations.”
In her cozy home, she keeps a binder filled with awards, family photos and love poems she wrote to her husband while he served in the Navy. In 1943, she wrote “My Love Will Follow,” and still closes her eyes as she recites these words: So wherever you may be, On land or on sea, I will always love you, And can’t wait till you come back to me.* Denver’s old trolleys and streetcars have faded into history, but Moore has ridden all of the city’s light rail lines since 1994 and plans to try new rail lines opening in 2016. “I’m very proud people respect this little old lady,” she says. “God gave me my body and the brain in my head and thank goodness I had the good sense to use them.”
* My Love Will Follow, by Nettie Catherine Moore, 1943. All rights reserved.
We're community stewards.
We are FasTracks.
We are RTD.
She’s a dissertation away from a doctorate. I studied chemistry in college. Today, our German bakery is our classroom, and we are building on my immigrant parents’ legacy with our small business. We give back to Olde Town Arvada through job creation, community service and fundraising. The Gold Line commuter rail opening in 2016, will benefit our employees, draw new visitors and improve our quality of life. Like good baking, good connectivity just makes sense.
- Ed and Maro Dimmer, Owners of Rheinlander Bakery in Olde Town Arvada
Ed Dimmer once dreamed of being a chemist. Today, the bakery his parents founded in 1963 is his laboratory and fats, sugars, proteins, water and fibers—the building blocks of Stollen and strudel—are the culinary elements with which he works. “That is my periodic table,” says Dimmer, who owns the Rheinlander Bakery in Olde Town Arvada. “If you are a good baker, you are a good scientist.”
Dimmer’s German immigrant parents Jakob and Katharina settled in Colorado in the 1950s to be near the mountains and tantalizing aromas still waft from their pastry shop, drawing homesick exchange students, tourists and loyal locals alike. “Our happiest memories are attached to food,” contends Dimmer, whose delectable family journey plays out in a series of vintage black-and-white photos hanging in his shop. An avid globetrotter, Dimmer’s travels have taken him to Europe, Canada, Latin America and elsewhere, but it was Rheinlander that pulled him back to Arvada to take over the family business and become “more tithed to the community,” he says.
His Cyprus-born wife Maro co-manages the bakery. The couple met in the 1990s at the University of Colorado-Boulder, where Dimmer studied chemistry and German and she journalism and communication. Maro, a cancer survivor, is a dissertation away from a Ph.D. in political science, but Rheinlander, and not academia, has become her passion. During cancer treatment, Maro discovered she has celiac disease and was instrumental in introducing sugar-, dairy- and gluten-free pastries to the bakery.
Over the years, the Dimmers have seen their neighborhood evolve into “a vibrant, walkable community with shops and boutiques—a little jewel,” as Maro describes it. Having seen what transit has done for other cities, the couple believes the Gold Line—a new rail line opening in 2016—will bring new visitors to their neighborhood, reduce traffic and stimulate local economies around the Denver area. Denver’s new transit system will take the burden off future generations, which means “the dividends are multigenerational,” Dimmer says And banking on the past while building for tomorrow is something this baker knows a thing or two about.
FasTracks at a glance
122 miles of new rail service
18 miles of bus rapid transit
57 new stations
31 new Park-n-Rides
21,000 new parking spaces
Redevelopment of Union Station
FasTracks is RTD's voter-approved transit expansion program -- the largest in the nation -- transforming transportation through the Denver metro area. When complete, FasTracks will create better access and more transit options across all of our communities. That's more rail, improved bus service, more parking, and improved roadways and bridges for people on the go. Now that's progress.