Denver RTD gets another 90-day waiver on grade crossing issues

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A Denver RTD commuter train heads for the Denver International Airport on the agency's A-Line.
Chase Gunnoe
DENVER — The Denver Regional Transportation District has received another 90-day waiver from the Federal Railroad Administration regarding grade crossing issues on its A and B lines, the Denver Post reports.

The waiver allows commuter rail trains to operate through troublesome grade crossings while its team looks for a permanent solution to the issue. Agency officials have deployed grade crossing flaggers at faulty crossing sites to serve as a temporary solution.

According to an RTD spokesman cited in the Post’ story, the agency is close to having the issue permanently fixed.

The crossing issues, which stems from software issues that cause the gates to go up and down at the wrong times, have also caused delays on the opening of the agency’s 11-mile G-Line between Denver Union Station and Wheat Ridge. The G-Line uses the same crossing technology as the other commuter rail lines in question.

The G-Line’s opening date may be pushed back to as late as the end of 2017 as a result of the issue. 

The FRA granted the agency its first 90-day waiver in November 2016 to address the software and hardware timing issues.

See the original story online.

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