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RTD Board approves contract to build $343 million North Metro Rail Line

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DENVER -- The RTD Board of Directors awarded a contract Tuesday night to build the North Metro Rail Line.

That will make five rail lines that will be under construction as part of RTD's FasTracks transit expansion program. Four that are under construction right now will open in 2016.

GBBH won the job to build the $343 million project from Union Station in downtown Denver to 124th Ave. in Thornton.

The contract comes with an option to extend the line all the way to 162nd Avenue. RTD will need to find around $120 million in order for that to happen. Project Manager Jim Starling says he's confident that funding will be identified.

Construction is expected to begin in early 2014. The commuter rail line is scheduled to open to the public in mid-2018.