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Emergency preparedness drill set for 'A' Line

Denver Transit Partners, along with RTD, emergency responders and other local agencies, will hold a one-day emergency preparedness drill on Saturday, Jan. 9 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

All partners working on the University of Colorado A Line will simulate and coordinate how they will respond in the event of an emergency along the new commuter rail line once it opens on April 22.

The exercise is part of the testing and commissioning phase of the project, and is in place to ensure the safety of the traveling public on the train line once the system opens.

Commuter train on a test run on the CU A Line

The exercise will also prove that project personnel and emergency responders can adequately respond to an emergency.

The emergency drill will take place at East 32nd Avenue and Pagosa Street, on the bridge structure over I-70 in Aurora. There will be emergency vehicles in the area, so the public is asked to be aware and also remember this is not a real-life incident.

"This is a critical time for Denver Transit Partners as we continue to take the necessary steps to ensure we are prepared to respond to an emergency," said DTP Executive Project Director Aaron Epstein. “As always, our number one priority is the safety of the traveling public, and a rehearsed, coordinated response amongst partners will help us continue to safely and effectively achieve that."

The exercise will emphasize the coordinated role of fire and law enforcement agencies, emergency management, and DTP and RTD specifically as it relates to the initial response to a train and pedestrian accident on the CU A Line.

"Simulating an emergency before the agency opens this rail line will allow all first responders to better react and handle an incident if it were to happen after opening day," said Greg Straight, CU A Line project director. "Testing the safety preparedness is very important, and a priority for everyone. It is a great accomplishment to be at this stage of the project and see all the pieces of the puzzle coming together with safety always our number one priority."

See important information about safety around railroad crossings here.

Emergency drill training location, Saturday, Jan. 9, 8 a.m.-12 p.m.