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East Corridor at 40th Avenue Photosimulations

RTD FasTracks, Denver, Colorado

The East Corridor is one of several proposed transit corridors in the Denver Regional Transportation District's (RTD) FasTracks program that have been evaluated throughout the Metro area as Environmental Impact Statements (EIS). Most of the corridors originate in downtown Denver's Union Terminal (DUT) and radiate out to the suburbs. POITRA Visual has provided several types of services on nearly all of these corridors at some point in their long histories. POITRA created and managed the East Corridor EIS public website.*

The East Corridor takes advantage of abandoned or little used freight rail corridors that served Denver's northern suburbs and then turns east to the Denver International Airport (DIA). Because of the length of the line and possible interaction with commercial freight rail, a heavy commuter rail concept was proposed. Electric Multiple Units (EMU) were chosen as the most appropriate vehicle.

At 40th Avenue in Denver the mainline parallels Williams Street. The frontage consists of city blocks filled with turn of the century warehouses sheduled to be re-developed into high end residential lofts.

POITRA Visual custom 3D Model EMU commuter vehicle in wire frame.
POITRA Visual custom 3D Model EMU commuter vehicle.
POITRA Visual custom 3D Model EMU commuter vehicle with potential RTD colors and marking combinations.
POITRA Visual custom 3D Model DMU commuter vehicle with potential RTD colors and marking combinations.

POITRA artists created custom 3D models of the EMU commuter vehicle with RTD marking combinations.

POITRA often creates custom transit vehicles at no cost to the project.

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The Developer feared the proposed corridor would interupt the existing view of the continental divide. Photo-simulations were the best medium to accurately evaluate any visual impact. POITRA photograpers shot various angles from the warehouses and the Engineer selected the view.

left quotation markPoitra provided expertly-done photo simulations, and sometimes under tight time constraints, which were instrumental in conveying project concepts to our audiences. ”

East Corridor Planning Project Manager

The original photograph was prepared by relocating the roadway and making sidewalk and curb improvements using traditional digital painting techniques.

POITRA modelers then created a 3D site model that included the EMU catenary system, a double mainline track and roadbed, right-of-way fencing and the EMU vehicles. The proposed vehicle had not yet been manufactured and existed only as a POITRA custom 3D model. The site model was camera matched, lighted, rendered and composited with the photograph to create final photo-simulation.

The project team was able to demonstrate that the mountain view would be opened up by eliminating nearby storage double stack container frieght rail cars and that the new transit corridor would visually upgrade the existing freight rail siding.

The finished simulations were used in meetings with the Developer, the City and County of Denver, Fastracks public stakeholders and also in the EIS document.end of article


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