Overhead Wires along North Metro Rail Line Powering Up

DENVER (March 11, 2019) – The Regional Transportation District (RTD) and its contractor, Regional Rail Partners (RP), will turn on the overhead electric power lines along the North Metro Rail Line between Denver Union Station (DUS) and end of line Eastlake-124th Station this week as part of the integration testing process. 

Safety is RTD’s guiding agency priority and the agency reminds the public that they are RTD’s partners in safety. The public is asked to abide by all safety signage, and not attempt to access construction areas at stations and other locations along the tracks.

“These wires hold 25,000 volts of electricity and can be extremely dangerous, even fatal if anyone comes close to them,” said Chuck Culig, RTD North Metro Rail Line project manager. “We ask everyone to please stay away from the tracks and wires, and never try to touch or throw anything at them.”

It is important for everyone to remember these safety tips:

  • Never trespass on any train track – it is illegal and dangerous.
  • Cross the tracks only at designated crossings, always follow safety signs and obey warning devices such as flashing red lights and gate arms.
  • Stay alert and look both ways for a train — you may not hear them coming.
  • Never trespass onto construction sites and stay off the train station platforms until they are open to the public.
  • With substantial progress on stations, bridges, and track along the 13-mile North Metro Rail Line, in the near future, RTD and RRP will enter a new phase where commuter rail trains will be tested on the entire corridor.

The North Metro Rail Line is an 18.5-mile electrified commuter rail line, with 13 miles currently funded and under construction from Denver Union Station to Eastlake-124th Station in Thornton. It will connect Denver and Adams County by serving Commerce City, Northglenn, and Thornton, and is part of the FasTracks program.