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Train testing begins on commuter lines to Westminster and Wheat Ridge

RTD and its contractor, Denver Transit Partners, are beginning to test commuter rail trains along the Northwest Line to Westminster - the B Line and Gold Line through Arvada and Wheat Ridge.

Communication systems will continue to be tested in conjunction with the trains to ensure the vehicles, signaling systems, crossing elements, traffic signals and railroad entities synchronize properly. Check out the photos below.

“The public is asked to remain patient during this testing phase, as it is a crucial element for the safety of pedestrians, vehicles and future B and G Line passengers,” said Greg Straight, RTD FasTracks Eagle P3 project director.

The schedule for testing is unpredictable and trains can be seen testing anywhere along each line until the lines open to the public. The public can also expect to see multiple trains at any given time in either direction during this important testing program.

Stay safe around trains

As the trains test through each crossing, the gate arms are scheduled to be down for two-to-three minute intervals, with possible delays. During this phase, it is important for the public to remember and practice these safety tips:

  • Never touch or throw objects at the overhead wires—they are powered with 25,000 AC volts and can be deadly.
  • li>Use designated pedestrian areas when crossing a track—other areas are considered trespassing and are extremely dangerous and illegal.
  • Follow safety signs and warning devices, such as flashing red lights and gate arms.
  • Pay attention and look both ways for a train—you may not hear them coming.
  • Stay off the train station platforms and construction areas until they are open to the public.

The B and G lines are scheduled to open in the summer and fall, respectively. The B Line is opening July 25, 2016.

The lines are part of the Eagle P3 project, the nation’s first full public-private partnership for transit.

The $2.2 billion project is made up of local RTD taxes combined with a $1.03 billion federal grant and $450 million from Denver Transit Partners, the 34-year concessionaire that will build, operate and maintain the trains.