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The New Rail Cars

The Eagle P3 Project will use commuter rail technology, which is somewhat different from the current RTD light rail lines and vehicles. Commuter rail technology is designed with speed and distance in mind. The vehicles are built to travel longer distances at faster speeds than light rail vehicles. Commuter rail lines generally have stations spaced farther apart than light rail lines.

Photo of Commuter Rail Car on Test Track

RTD's new commuter rail car running on a test track at Hyundai Rotem plant

What is similar to RTD's light rail system is that the commuter rail cars are also powered by electricity delivered via overhead wires. But the commuter rail system uses 25kV of AC power, while RTD's light rail system uses 750V of DC power.

Hyundai Rotem USA is building the Eagle P3 commuter rails vehicles and will adhere to the Buy America law, with at least 60 percent of the vehicle made in America.

Eagle P3 Commuter Rail Car Specifications:
  • Each railcar is 85 feet long
  • Railcar weight of 140,000 pounds
  • Runs in married pairs - two vehicles attached at once
  • Top speed of 79 mph
  • Seats 90 passengers per vehicle
  • Maximum number of 170 passengers per vehicle with standees
  • 2 dedicated luggage storage racks per vehicle
  • 2 bicycle/multi-purpose storage racks
  • Overhead carry-on storage areas running the length of the vehicle
  • Level-boarding at all entrances - no stairs
  • Two ADA/handicapped seating areas per vehicle
  • LCD screens and overhead announcements giving real-time updates on current location and upcoming stations
Updates to the Commuter Rail Car

In 2011, more than 12,000 people viewed a mock-up of the future rail car's interior at Denver Union Station and in Olde Town Arvada. Thanks to input received from the public, the following modifications were made to the cars' interior design:
  • The windscreen fixture -- the glass-and-steel dividers flanking each entry door to block wind from blowing freely through the inside of the car when the doors open -- was shortened by 10 inches on the corner where the wheelchair positions are located; this increases the space for maneuvering in and out of the vehicle with a wheelchair
  • Seat benches in the wheelchair area have been fitted with spring-loaded mechanisms so that they fold up when riders are not using them; this allows unobstructed access to this area by riders in wheelchairs
  • Ceiling handholds have been added in the entry areas to increase passenger comfort and safety
  • Handgrips added between headrests to allow for easier access in and out of the seats
  • Two types of securement mechanisms for bicycles have been added to accommodate a wider variety of bicycles
  • The luggage storage spaces have been reconfigured increase their capacity

Photo of interior of the commuter rail car

The interior of the commuter rail car including a view at left
of the shortened windscreen near the wheelchair area

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