Denver Area Light and Heavy Rail (RTD) systems

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

Postby Jehochman » Sat Jul 02, 2016 8:09 am

The airport terminal has one platform with two tracks but there's clearly space for another platform to be added later. Some of the intermediate stops have ongoing development projects. One has a big parking area, remote parking for the airport. Many of the riders were airport employees. About half appeared to be travelers with luggage.

I found the train to be much simpler than hunting for a bus. There were digital displays telling how long until the next train left. Departures seemed to be every 15 minutes.
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Re: Denver Area Light and Heavy Rail (RTD) systems

Postby ExCon90 » Sat Jul 02, 2016 1:39 pm

As information: effective yesterday the SEPTA Silverliner V's are subject to a 50-mph speed restriction because of broken truck stabilizer bars on a large number of cars. Watch the SEPTA forum for developments.
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Re: Denver Area Light and Heavy Rail (RTD) systems

Postby deathtopumpkins » Tue Jul 05, 2016 8:02 am

Jehochman wrote: Departures seemed to be every 15 minutes.


All even days a week they're scheduled for every 15 minutes from around 4 am to 6:30 pm, then every half hour outside that window (service runs approximately 3 am to 1 am).
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Re: Denver Area Light and Heavy Rail (RTD) systems

Postby SemperFidelis » Tue Jul 05, 2016 8:03 am

Hey thanks for the first hand info! Wish my state had leaders and voters who cared so much about transit.
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Re: Denver Area Light and Heavy Rail (RTD) systems

Postby Zuccaraillo » Fri Jul 08, 2016 10:04 pm

With SEPTA's Silverliner Vs all out of service, have RTD's cars been pulled from service?
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Re: Denver Area Light and Heavy Rail (RTD) systems

Postby MACTRAXX » Sun Jul 10, 2016 3:34 pm

Zuccaraillo wrote:With SEPTA's Silverliner Vs all out of service, have RTD's cars been pulled from service?


Even better: Do RTD's S5A cars have the same trucks as the SEPTA cars? Have similar truck problems developed?

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

Postby DutchRailnut » Sun Jul 10, 2016 3:50 pm

The Denver cars only have 1/4 of mileage since delivered and probably ride on better track.
There is mention of cars being 5000 lbs lighter, but spread over 8 contact points of equalizer and journal block, it would certainly not be a cause for SEPTA failures
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Re: Denver Area Light and Heavy Rail (RTD) systems

Postby ExCon90 » Mon Jul 11, 2016 12:32 pm

Also, I think it was Jeff Knueppel who pointed out that the cracks on the SEPTA equipment were fatigue cracks that took several years to develop and it's unlikely that cracks would show up this soon on the Denver equipment.
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Re: Denver Area Light and Heavy Rail (RTD) systems

Postby lpetrich » Fri Jul 15, 2016 6:09 am

Commuter train testing begins on G Line -- along the length of that line. It should open in the fall.

Video: R Line countdown is on -- construction is nearing completion and test runs should start soon.

From FasTracks Home about the Southeast extension,
Construction is ramping up and so are the crews committed to delivering the 2.3 miles of new track on RTD's Southeast Rail Extension project by spring 2019.
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Re: Denver Area Light and Heavy Rail (RTD) systems

Postby Balerion » Mon Jul 25, 2016 3:01 pm

The B Line opened today

http://www.progressiverailroading.com/p ... ute--48926

Right now there are only two stops: Westminster and Union Station. The rest of the line, to Boulder and Longmont, is still TBD.
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Re: Denver Area Light and Heavy Rail (RTD) systems

Postby lpetrich » Mon Jul 25, 2016 8:55 pm

TBD = To Be Determined

It's the remaining long stretch of line that has not had at least partial construction.

B Line opens at the Fastracks site. It has some pictures of the festivities, and it states that the DUS - Westminster line is about 6 miles long.

RTD launches B Line train that one day will reach Boulder, Longmont - Longmont Times-Call Has some interesting things.
Although the B Line is part of the sales-tax-funded FasTracks plan, RTD has said there isn't funding for continuing the train through Boulder to Longmont until at least 2040.

Peck said what's needed to finish the line is a partnership similar to the one that got the Westminster portion of the B Line built.

That's Longmont City Councilwoman Joan Peck.

RTD's planners had initially projected 55 trains per day on the Northwest line. That is roughly one train every 20 minutes from 6 am to midnight, with more frequent trains in peak hours. That's roughly what BART does.
"That's an incredibly frequent level of service based upon projections of ridership," Reed said. "Once the communities can agree on a reduced initial service plan, we can then look at costs and work with Burlington North Santa Fe Railway to see what's possible."

That's RTD spokesman Scott Reed.

So it seems like they are considering something like peak-time only or one train every hour or two at off-peak times. That will make coexistence with BNSF's trains much easier.
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Re: Denver Area Light and Heavy Rail (RTD) systems

Postby lpetrich » Fri Jul 29, 2016 8:38 am

Commuter train makes test run to Arvada on G Line -- has some video. The line will be 11 miles long.
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Re: Denver Area Light and Heavy Rail (RTD) systems

Postby lpetrich » Tue Aug 02, 2016 10:15 pm

Video: Take a ride on R Line test train -- test trains are now running on part of that line, the part between extension-start Nine Mile and Florida stations. One can see Florida's pedestrian bridge up ahead. Track is now complete on the extension, and electrification almost complete.
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Re: Denver Area Light and Heavy Rail (RTD) systems

Postby lpetrich » Sat Aug 13, 2016 2:19 am

Video: First train arrives at Olde Town Arvada Station -- as it says. Still expecting to open this fall.

Getting ready for track work on North Metro Rail Line -- including installing arc flash shields under existing bridges. That is to protect those bridges from sparking between the overhead cable and the railcars' pantographs.

Female lead engineers on North Metro Rail Line breaking barriers, traditions -- a profile of four female engineers in the project.
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Re: Denver Area Light and Heavy Rail (RTD) systems

Postby Gilbert B Norman » Tue Sep 27, 2016 8:02 am

The Wall Street Journal has a "favorable" article on the RTD expansion initiative:

http://www.wsj.com/articles/denvers-tra ... 1474933438

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DENVER—Maintenance backlogs, budget shortfalls and breakdowns plague many of the U.S.’s aging transit systems. But here, where the plains meet the Rockies, Denver’s system is a rare success.

Created in 1969, the Regional Transportation District operated for years as a modest bus service, and in the 1990s it added a few rail lines. But in 2004, voters in the eight-county region approved an additional 0.4% sales tax to expand the train network, called FasTracks. That new funding dramatically boosted a stream of local tax money already going to transit.

RTD relies on public-private partnerships for much of its construction and maintenance, and its management takes a fiscally conservative approach toward expansion: It only builds what it can afford to operate and maintain for the long term, according to Heather Copp, RTD’s chief financial officer.


The article notes how Private Activity Bonds have been used, apparently to the liking of concerned parties, to finance the projects undertaken.
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