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Emergency preparedness drill takes place on B, G lines

Denver Transit Partners (DTP), along with RTD, emergency responders and other local agencies, held a one-day emergency preparedness drill on Sunday, May 15.

Commuter rail project partners simulated and coordinated how they will respond in the event of an emergency along the B Line to Westminster and G Line to Wheat Ridge once the lines open on July 25 and in the fall of 2016, respectively.

The exercise was part of the testing and commissioning phase of the project, and took place to ensure the safety of the traveling public on the commuter rail line once the system opens.

The exercise also demonstrated that project personnel and emergency responders can adequately respond to an emergency.


This is only a drill

The emergency drill happened at 2200 W. 60th Ave., just south of the I-76 bridge structure. There were emergency vehicles in the area during the exercise.

"As always, the safety of the traveling public is our number one priority," said Aaron Epstein, DTP's Executive Project Director and CEO. "This drill helps to ensure that DTP not only has an emergency preparedness plan in place, but that we also have a rehearsed, coordinated response if a situation arises where we need to execute that plan."

The exercise emphasized the coordinated role of fire and law enforcement agencies, emergency management, and DTP and RTD specifically as it relates to the initial response to a train accident on the B and G Lines.

"By simulating an emergency before a new rail line opens, the local jurisdictions, DTP and RTD can better react and handle an incident if it were to happen during public operations," said Greg Straight, B and G Line Project Director. "Testing the safety preparedness is very important, and a priority for everyone. Putting our training and planning to the test is an exciting milestone for the project and when it involves safety, we take it very seriously."

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