G Line train hours & noise to be reduced as testing progresses
Testing along the G Line has progressed well enough to allow testing hours, and subsequent train noise, to be reduced. Trains will now test along the tracks from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.Starting today, trains will be run for 12 hours a day, from about 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The Regional Transportation District (RTD) announced today, August 31, 2018, that simulated schedule testing on the G Line commuter rail alignment between downtown Denver and Wheat Ridge has progressed well enough to allow testing hours to be reduced. Beginning today, trains will run from approximately 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., a notable decrease from the current testing period of 3 a.m. to 1 a.m. This also means that residents along the line will no longer hear train horns during the late night and early morning hours.
Per testing requirements, RTD’s contractor, Denver Transit Partners (DTP), has been operating trains 22 hours per day to simulate the eventual regular passenger service schedule. RTD and DTP today agreed that testing has progressed to the point that it can be reduced to 12 hours each day.
“The simulated schedule testing has progressed well to date, so we are pleased to be able to trim back the number of daily hours of testing,” RTD General Manager and CEO Dave Genova said. “We are being responsive to the community and doing our part to be a good partner. Significant testing and regulatory approvals still remain to be completed. We appreciate the community’s patience as we work toward revenue service on the G Line.”
When the G Line officially opens, trains will run from 4 a.m. to 12:30 a.m., with 15-minute frequency between 6 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. and every 30 minutes during off-peak hours.
Crossing gates may stay down for extended periods of time during testing. Attendants will continue to be stationed at all G Line grade crossings until RTD receives the necessary state and federal approvals to remove them.
In case of an emergency, the public can call 720-460-5955, the grade-crossing hotline, or 303-299-3911 after hours.
The G Line is a segment of RTD’s FasTracks program, a voter-approved transit expansion initiative to build new commuter rail and light rail, bus rapid transit service and new parking spaces; redevelop Denver Union Station; and redirect bus service to better connect the eight-county district.