• RTD releases statement - R Line

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    RTD releases statement regarding restoration of R Line service

    The agency aims for return to full service to the light rail line in December
    DENVER (Nov. 7, 2022) – The Regional Transportation District (RTD) is working to restore full service to a four-mile stretch of R Line light rail service in Aurora, impacted by a derailment that occurred on Sept. 21. Below is a statement from RTD General Manager and CEO Debra A. Johnson:
    Following the R Line derailment that occurred in Aurora on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022, RTD has been working as expeditiously as possible to restore full service to the impacted four-mile stretch of the R Line corridor from Aurora Metro Center Station to 13th Avenue Station. I appreciate our customers’ continued patience as the agency targets a return to full service in the month of December, though full-service restoration could feasibly occur earlier if certain procedural milestones are met.
    As a component of service restoration efforts, the agency submitted its investigative report and proposed corrective action plans to the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) on Friday, Nov. 4. That same day, following a systems redesign of the intersection at Sable Boulevard and Exposition Avenue, crews safely removed a support pole damaged in the derailment incident and adjusted the overhead catenary wire system that provides power to light rail vehicles. Further, RTD staff is working with city of Aurora officials regarding the intersection’s train-traffic interface and is further coordinating with the CPUC as part of the safety certification process, which is in alignment with the federally required Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan adopted by RTD’s Board of Directors.
    When RTD investigates a light rail accident, it stands in the shoes of the CPUC, as the federally designated light rail state safety oversight agency and all information compiled, as well as the investigative report, corresponding documents, and proposed corrective action plans are confidential unless otherwise ordered by the CPUC.
    Additional updates will follow pertaining to service restoration. Thank you, as RTD continues to strive to make lives better through connections.
    Should you have additional questions, please contact us. The best way is by emailing mediarequests@rtd-denver.com or, if you’re on deadline, by calling RTD’s media line, 720.326.7311.
    The Regional Transportation District develops, operates and maintains a public transportation system that meets the transit needs of close to 3 million people within an eight-county service area in the Denver Metro region. For more information, visit rtd-denver.com. For the most current RTD news, visit the News Stop, at rtd-denver.com/news-stop.
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