• Denver Area Light and Heavy Rail (RTD) systems

  • General discussion of passenger rail proposals and systems not otherwise covered in the specific forums in this category, including high speed rail.
General discussion of passenger rail proposals and systems not otherwise covered in the specific forums in this category, including high speed rail.

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  by deathtopumpkins
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).
  by SemperFidelis
Hey thanks for the first hand info! Wish my state had leaders and voters who cared so much about transit.
  by Zuccaraillo
With SEPTA's Silverliner Vs all out of service, have RTD's cars been pulled from service?
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?

  by DutchRailnut
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
  by ExCon90
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.
  by lpetrich
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.
  by lpetrich
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.
  by lpetrich
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.
  by Gilbert B Norman
The Wall Street Journal has a "favorable" article on the RTD expansion initiative:

http://www.wsj.com/articles/denvers-tra ... 1474933438" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Fair Use:
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.
  by lpetrich
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? | 9news.com
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
  by Jeff Smith
https://www.denverite.com/central-rail- ... ine-39303/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
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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