Crossing guards get job security with Denver safety extension

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A crossing guard stands watch in front of a Denver RTD A-Line train in March 2017.
TRAINS: Steve Sweeney
DENVER — Crossing guards look they have a little more job security in Denver thanks to a safety waiver extension Denver's Regional Transportation District received from the Federal Railroad Administration recently.

The Denver Post reports that the FRA granted Denver RTD another five years to fix crossing gate malfunctions on its A and B lines. The A line opened in April 2016 to much fanfare as the first commuter railroad line in Denver, connecting the airport to downtown and Union Station — some 25 miles apart.

The Post reports that transportation district officials had sought permission from the state of Colorado to alter grade crossing timings, which a state panel unanimously rejected.

A-Line crossings suffer from a malfunction, which prevents gates activating — coming down — in time to protecting crossings when trains approach and occasionally prevents them from lifting when trains have passed.

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