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Commuter rail testing to begin June 14, 2017

RTD and its contractor, Denver Transit Partners (DTP), have been given regulatory approval to begin testing along the G Line. Commuter rail trains will begin moving along the corridor from Wheat Ridge through Arvada and into unincorporated Adams County on June 14, 2017.

The initial phase of testing on the G Line will be limited with only a few test trains running Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The number of trains and frequency will increase as testing progresses toward the fully published G Line schedule.

“We are excited to begin testing along the G Line. Authorization to perform testing on the G Line is evidence of the dedication RTD and DTP have in working with the regulatory agencies to ensure a safe system for our riders,” General Manager and CEO Dave Genova said. “Safety is RTD’s top priority, and it is important for the public to be aware and exercise caution when walking, biking or driving near the commuter rail alignment.”

Train horns will be used during testing leading up to the opening of the G Line. Train operators are required to sound horns along the line until quiet zones at the crossings have been established by rail regulatory agencies.

The current testing process is focused on communication systems, signaling systems and the communication of traffic and rail signals at railroad crossings. While these systems are tested, railroad or at-grade crossings along the alignment are subject to closures. Those who attempt to by-pass the gate arms and enter the testing area are at risk for serious injury or death and are illegally trespassing.

Testing along the G Line could last approximately 90 days during which time people should pay attention and obey all safety signage at railroad crossings and familiarize themselves with the new train activity. Anyone wishing to view the trains being tested should do so from safe, publicly accessible spaces. Construction areas at stations and various locations along the alignment are completely off limits.