RTD Utility Agreement Request (UAR) and Utility License Agreement (ULA) FEES:

Beginning October 1st 2019, all Utility Agreement Request (UAR) Packages sent to RTD will require a None-Refundable NEW UAR Fee of $1,500. This UAR Fee covers:

  • RTD As-Built Record Research
  • RTD Design Review
  • RTD Construction Oversite

After you submit your UAR Package, including Application Data Sheet (ADS) and Plans with Plan/Profile (PP), via email (to [email protected]), RTD Utility Engineering will assign your PROJECT UAR # and will start your PROJECT FILE. However, review of your request will not begin until RTD receives your UAR Fee payment (see mailing instructions below).

If you make design or construction changes after RTD staff has completed your review and approved your design, there will be a required REVISED UAR Fee of $750, and all work must stop until RTD reviews and approves the changes.

If you request a major change that requires RTD staff begin design review from the beginning (for example: complete change in project location or substantial changes during construction) RTD will consider this a NEW UAR which will require a NEW UAR Fee of $1,500.

Changes required by RTD during or after RTD design review will not cost an additional fee.

 

RTD Utility Agreement Request and Utility License Agreement Fee Schedule (2019):

$1,500 NEW UAR Fee for Research, Design Review, Construction Oversite
$750 REVISED UAR Fee for changes by Utility Owner, not required by RTD
$3,500 ULA Payment for Use/Occupancy Rights, Own/Maintain Utility on RTD ROW

These Fees do NOT include Fees for Safety Training, Access Permits, or Railroad Flaggers.

RTD is working on an electronic payment interface. RTD will update this section of our website accordingly when the interface is set up. Until that time, continue mailing checks to RTD as follows to make sure your payment is quickly and correctly applied to your project: 

Mail NEW UAR and REVISED UAR Fees to:

RTD Utility Engineering
1560 Broadway Street, Suite 700
Denver, CO 80202
[Do not mail until RTD Utility Engineering Assigns your UAR #.]
[Make sure the UAR # is written on your Check.] 

Mail ULA Payments to:

RTD Real Property
1560 Broadway Street, Suite 650
Denver, CO 80202
[Do not mail until directed by RTD Real Property.]
[Make sure the UAR # is written on your Check.]

 


 

Plan Ahead!

The RTD Review, License, and Permit Process can take several months to complete and approval at each step is not guaranteed.
RTD receives many requests like your each month and we do NOT have an expedited-process option.
The more specific and complete your request package, the quicker we can begin your application process.
RTD staff is here to help you understand these procedures but it is your responsibility to follow each step through.

All Construction Requests MUST start with Preliminary Design Reviews by RTD Engineering. Only after RTD Engineering has reviewed your design and after you have made all preliminary design review corrections, will RTD Engineering give you the green light to officially submit to RTD’s Real Property.

Submit preliminary designs to:

RTD ROW Agreement Policy

All Official Construction Requests need to be sent 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, and indication if temporary or permanent changes are to be made to the ROW
  • Drawings (Plan/Profile) showing your proposed work and RTD ROW and RTD facilities (e.g., 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)

Submit Agreement Requests and Questions to:
Manager of RTD Real Property
1560 Broadway Street, Suite 650, Denver, CO 80202
Email: [email protected]

  • 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 and 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 - see Utility Construction and 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).
  • You must construct your new utility per terms of Executed Utility Agreement (UA) and Exhibits to UA (e.g., plan/profile, calculations, etc.). If changes are made after UA is executed, your work will be STOPPED until a new Request Package is submitted with updated design exhibits, RTD Engineering approves the new design, and RTD Real Property executes an amended UA. Additional time will be required for review and execution. Additional fees may apply.

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

RTD Light Rail Tracks (LRT) 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.

Stop! Do you have an Approved RTD Agreement in Place? All requests MUST start with RTD Real Property.

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 [email protected] 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 is 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)
  • Download the LRT ROW Access Permit - Requestor's Information Forms A and C - (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) 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.

The proper notification of work to be performed in the Right-Of-Way (ROW) is essential for safe and efficient operations. RTD Rail ROW is defined as the track way area located in between the restricted fenced area or within 10 feet of the nearest rail of any track where no defined restricted area is present. This includes work to be performed above or below any track, and above or below any RTD ROW and/or restricted fenced area. If your work comes within 25 feet of any RTD LRT track, contact us.

RTD Commuter Rail Tracks (CRT) Access Policy

An RTD 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.

Stop! Do you have an Approved RTD Agreement in Place? All requests MUST start with RTD Real Property.

RTD has two commuter rail groups (see Rail Map)

  • RTDC-NM (for the North Metro rail or N Line)
  • RTDC-DTO (for all Eagle rail corridors of University of Colorado A Line, B Line, G Line)

Rail Map

Applying for CRT Access Permit

RTDC-NM (for the N Line corridor)

Before requesting a CRT-NM access permit, make certain you have the following:

  • Suncor consent letter approving your work
  • Zayo approval of your work
  • RRP approval of your work

Coordinate with the NM team to submit your construction request package (including vicinity map that clearly shows the NM rail and your work area, location of Areas A-D, the ADS sheet, and your Construction Plans) to Suncor, Zayo, and RRP for review and approval no later than 60-days prior to desired start date of construction, to accommodate:

  • 30-day review period (design changes may require additional review time)
  • Required modifications
  • Obtain approvals from multiple stakeholders
  • Complete RTD License Agreement and right-of-entry (ROE) permits
  • Schedule required construction coordination and pre-construction meetings.

Email [email protected] or call 303-299-2828 to coordinate your request.

If proposed work is in Areas A-D, you are responsible to acquire the following from BNSF and provide proof to the RTDC-NM group:

  • BNSF ROE
  • E-Rail Safety

In order to apply for a CRT-NM Access Permit to be in or work on any part of the NM rail or project areas, you must email your request package to the CRT-NM group at  [email protected]. It is your responsibility to request your RRP Track Allocation Permit. You must also attend a CRT-NM RRP Daily Game Plan meeting one full week in advance of your desired construction start date to coordinate your construction work with other work in the area and to request your RRP Track Allocation Permit. This meeting is held at 1:00 p.m. daily (NM’s Construction Yard Office is located at 8370 Steele Street in Denver, CO).

RTDC-EAGLE (for All A, B, and G Line Corridors)

Before requesting a CRT-EAGLE Access Permit to be in or work on any of the RTDC-EAGLE corridors, you must attend a monthly third party meeting at least 30 days prior to the desired start date for construction.

In order to apply for a CRT-EAGLE Access Permit, you must email a completed electronic RTDC-DTO Commuter Rail Access Request / Permit form to [email protected] or [email protected] no later than two full weeks prior to the requested start date for construction. In addition, you must attend the CRT-DTO Track Usage Rail Construction Meeting at least one full week before construction at the CRMF building in the Mezz Breakroom (typically held on Thursdays at 1:30 p.m., you must call 720-460-5803 or email to schedule your attendance). If no representative attends the meeting, the request will not be approved.

  • CRT-DTO (EAGLE) ROW Access and Track Usage Permit Policy/Plan (PDF)
  • CRT-DTO (EAGLE) ROW Access Permit Request Form (PDF)

Performing Approved Work on CRT (CRT-NM and CRT-DTO)

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

Work can begin when all personnel that will be in the ROW have completed the appropriate RTDC (NM or EAGLE) Safety Training and the certifications have not expired. The completed and approved CRT access permit must be in the possession of the work party at the worksite.

Proof of valid RTDC Safety Training must be provided the appropriate RTDC team (NM or EAGLE) prior to the required Construction Coordination meeting (Daily Game Meeting for NM or the Pre-Entry Meeting for EAGLE).
Railroad Safety Training

RTD Facility Access Policy

An RTD Facility Access Permit Request Form or 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 may impact any RTD non-track properties or facilities
  • RTD properties or facilities will be made impassable for any reason other than emergencies.

Stop! Do you have an Approved RTD Agreement in Place? All requests MUST start with RTD Real Property.

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 [email protected] no later than 5 days prior to requested start date for construction.

Download the BGAP Request Form (DOC)

Download the BGAP Request Form (PDF)

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: [email protected]
Phone: 303-299-6928

Agreements and Permits

  • LRT ROW Access Request/Permit form (PDF) (DOC)
  • LRT ROW Access Permit - Requestor's Information Forms A and C - (PDF) (DOC)
  • CRT-NM Track Allocation Program (Rules, Process, Permits) (PDF)
  • CRT-DTO (EAGLE) ROW Access and Track Usage Permit Policy/Plan (PDF)
  • CRT-DTO (EAGLE) ROW Access Permit Request Form - (PDF)
  • Request a Building and Grounds Access Permit (BGAP) (DOC)
  • Request a Utility Agreement