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East Corridor along Smith Road 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.

The mainline runs parallel to Smith Road as it heads east towards DIA. This simulation pictures the line just east of Colorado Boulevard in Denver where the visual impact would be important to new residences.

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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A photo-simulation was used to illustrate view impacts in an a typical area between Colorado Boulevard and Dahlia Street. POITRA photograpers shot a variety of views and the Engineer selected the base photograph.

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

M.T., RTD
East Corridor Planning Project Manager

POITRA prepared the original photograph by removing old power poles and adding a traffic barrier separation. These tasks were completed 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, 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 photograph to create final photo-simulation.

POITRA also illustrated the effect of a roadway widening on the western edge of the Park Hill Municipal Golf Course, the at grade crossing at Dahlia and the viaduct over Airport Boulevard and I-70 in other East Corridor Project Photosimulation.

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

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