Denver Area Light and Heavy Rail (RTD) systems

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Re: Denver Area Light and Heavy Rail (RTD) systems

Postby lpetrich » Sun Mar 05, 2017 2:15 am

The R line is now in service. It started Friday, February 24. It runs between Peoria on the A line, downtown Aurora, and the Southeast Line, ending at the Southeast Line's end at Lincoln.

The downtown-southwest H line was extended in its tracks from Nine Mile to Florida.

RTD R-Line begins service Friday to Aurora, Denver and Lone Tree — and you can ride for free – The Denver Post
Denver light rail R Line opens (International Railway Journal)

Why is R line open when the G line is still on hold? |
The FRA told Denver it had to use this new technology called positive train control when it asked to build the A and G lines.

“It is a safety mechanism that is designed to make sure trains only travel at the appropriate speeds,” Reed said. “If they exceed or fall below a set range, the train will be slowly stopped automatically.”

The problem is that the new technology isn’t working the way it should at vehicle crossings.

RTD is working to fix it on the A line, but the FRA says it can’t open the G line until it sees progress made on fixing the technology.

Looking at the remaining extensions,
  • Southeast: under construction
  • Southwest: in planning, seeking funding
  • Central: in planning
  • North Metro: under construction
  • Northwest north of Westminster: in planning -- expected to use Diesel Multiple Unit rolling stock
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Re: Denver Area Light and Heavy Rail (RTD) systems

Postby Jeff Smith » Thu Jul 20, 2017 10:29 am ... ine-39303/

While the new L Line is great for light rail riders who use the train downtown, there’s another project in the area that might be more exciting: the Central Rail Extension. With the Central Rail Extension, light rail from Welton Street would be connected to the A Line at the 38th and Blake stop, providing a new downtown connection.

This being famously cash-strapped RTD and all, there are a few hurdles to overcome before it’s delivered. It’s the agency’s cheapest project in FasTracks at roughly $110 million, but funding hasn’t been identified yet.

RTD spokesperson Nate Currey said that the agency can’t quite issue that much money in bonds. Still, in the era of public-private partnerships and creative funding solutions, “all options are on the table.”

Someday, after funding has been identified, the CRE will give you a new way to ride from the airport to the core of downtown. All it will take is constructing less than a mile of additional rail and two new stations.
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Re: Denver Area Light and Heavy Rail (RTD) systems

Postby lpetrich » Tue Aug 15, 2017 10:59 am

RTD A-Line, B-Line get another 90-day waiver to fix gate crossings
Long-delayed RTD G-Line can resume limited testing of trains, feds say – The Denver Post
Long-awaited testing of RTD G Line train from Denver to Arvada, Wheat Ridge is set to resume - Denver Business Journal
Train horns blowing as G-Line testing to Arvada, Wheat Ridge resumes

This is from problems with the crossing gates. All three of the new commuter-rail lines use the same crossing-gate technology, and the first two to open have been granted waivers to operate -- wavers that involve posting flaggers at the gates. A fix is reportedly very close to ready, but it has yet to get approval from the appropriate regulatory agencies: the Federal Railroad Administration and the Colorado Public Utility Commission.

The G line has 16 grade crossings, while the A and the B lines likely have a much smaller number of them.
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Re: Denver Area Light and Heavy Rail (RTD) systems

Postby zebrasepta » Thu Aug 02, 2018 7:18 pm

How is the Commuter Rail side of RTD doing since it's been a over 2 years since the A line opened about a year since the B line opened?
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