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Trains run entire length of G Line as testing ramps up

RTD and its contractor, Denver Transit Partners (DTP), are beginning to test commuter rail trains along the entire length of the new G Line through Arvada and Wheat Ridge.

Communication systems will continue to be tested in conjunction with the trains to make sure the trains, signaling systems, crossing elements, traffic signals and railroad entities synchronize properly.

Test train runs in Arvada on the G Line
Commuter train on test run in Arvada on the G Line

During this time, trains are federally required to sound their horns until crossings are certified and "quiet zones" are approved by the Federal Railroad Administration. Applications for quiet zones have already been submitted and are awaiting certifications of the crossings before they can be established.

Testing is crucial

"We ask the public to remain patient during this testing phase, as it is a crucial element for the opening of the G Line and safety of pedestrians, vehicles and future G Line passengers," said Greg Straight, RTD FasTracks Eagle P3 project director.

The schedule for testing is unpredictable and trains can be seen testing anywhere along the G Line until the line opens to the public this fall. The public can also expect to see multiple trains at any given time in either direction during this important testing program.

Be safe around trains

As the trains test through each crossing, the gate arms will be down at times to test the functionality of the crossing and the public might experience some delay. During this phase, it is important for everyone to remember and practice these safety measures:
  • Never touch or throw objects at the overhead wires-they are powered with 25,000 AC volts and can be deadly
  • Use designated pedestrian areas when crossing a track-other areas are considered trespassing and are extremely dangerous
  • Follow safety signs and warning devices, such as flashing red lights and gate arms
  • Pay attention and look both ways for a train-you may not hear them coming
  • Stay off the train station platforms until they are open to the public

G Line opens this fall.

The line is a part of the Eagle P3 project, the nation's first full public-private partnership for transit. The $2.2 billion project is made up of local RTD taxes combined with a $1.03 billion federal grant and $450 million from Denver Transit Partners, the 34-year concessionaire that built the commuter rail line and will operate and maintain the trains.
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