The Regional Transportation District (RTD) has obtained approval from the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) for the removal of the crossing attendants, or flaggers, from six of the 11 at-grade crossings along the University of Colorado A Line, which travels between Denver Union Station and Denver International Airport. The approved at-grade crossings are at Havana, Chambers, Clayton, Dahlia, Holly and Steele streets.
Denver Transit Partners (DTP), which operates the rail line under contract to RTD, will begin removing the flaggers in a phased approach beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, June 22, 2018 from four crossings (Clayton, Steele, Holly and Dahlia) and at 6 p.m. Monday, June 25, 2018 from two crossings (Havana and Chambers). RTD is working with the CPUC and FRA on the final approvals and the flagger-removal process for the five remaining at-grade crossings. These approvals are also an important step forward in the process to establish quiet zones along the University of Colorado A Line.
RTD urges all pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists to please continue to be aware of and obey all signs and safety alert devices at all at-grade crossings. Warning devices such as gates, flashers and signage are in place for the protection of the traveling public, and it is dangerous and illegal to disobey or disregard the warning devices at any railroad crossing. Please look both ways before crossing, and expect a train to arrive on any track from any direction at any time.
RTD received favorable rulings from the CPUC regarding G Line progress, gate attendants along the University of Colorado A Line and G Line, and establishing quiet zones.
Update on the operational waiver for the University of Colorado A Line
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) approved RTD’s plan for the demobilization of at-grade crossing attendants (flaggers) on the private at-grade crossing on the B Line. The FRA has also approved RTD’s request for the final testing of the G Line. RTD still needs approval from the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to complete the testing on the G Line. RTD did request that approval from the CPUC, however, the Commission denied RTD’s motions to complete the testing on the G Line at-grade crossings. RTD is still awaiting the written decision from the Public Utilities Commission that will determine the next steps in the G Line opening. Final approval from the CPUC regarding the at-grade crossings on the University of Colorado A Line is needed in order for RTD to remove attendants (flaggers) and seek quiet zones along the commuter rail lines.
FRA has approved extended G Line testing
RTD has received approval from the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) to begin the next phase of testing on the G Line that will include using multiple trains more frequently. As many as 3 trains could be running along the line from 3:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. the following day.
If you live in the area of the G Line tracks, please use caution when moving and driving through the area. During this extended testing, train horns will be sounding consistently. As a safety precaution, flaggers will still be mandated and present at the at-grade crossings.