Light Rail operator under investigation for violating cell phone policy

DENVER (Aug. 22, 2019) - The Regional Transportation District (RTD) has been made aware of an incident where a light rail operator was found to be using a cell phone while operating an in-service train. This goes against policy for operators, as use of mobile devices during the operation of a train is prohibited and strictly enforced. The incident involving the operator was reported to RTD earlier today and is under investigation.

“This is a clear infraction of our policy and completely unacceptable,” said Mike Meader, RTD’s Chief Safety Officer. “The safety of our passengers is of the utmost importance to us and we take it very seriously.”

Rail and bus operators undergo an extensive training process that includes a variety of safety elements. The operator is under investigative suspension as the investigation continues.

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