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East Corridor along Airport Boulevard Photosimulations

RTD FasTracks, Denver, Colorado

The East Corridor, also known as the East Rail Line, 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.

The mainline runs parallel to Airport Boulevard as it heads towards DIA. This simulation pictures the line just before the final turn north into the terminal. This is the second such view and is meant to show the new commuter corridor in relationship to the roadway.

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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POITRA photograpers shot a view similar to an earlier simulation but included a portion of the roadway. The terminal is visible in the background and airport security was again our guides. The Engineer selected the final base photograph.

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

POITRA modelers created a 3D site model that included the EMU catenary system, a double mainline track with concrete ties and gravel roadbed, right-of-way fencing, signage 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 base photograph. Traditional digital painting methods were used to finish the photo-simulation.

Care was taken to create the images in such a way that the corridor could be pictured with and without the EMU vehicles being present.

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


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