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Letter to the editor: Gold Line lingers

Posted 12/4/18

The Denver Post reports that the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has now threatened to sue RTD (and thus its developer the Denver Transit Partners) about their failure to solve crossing …

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Letter to the editor: Gold Line lingers

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The Denver Post reports that the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has now threatened to sue RTD (and thus its developer the Denver Transit Partners) about their failure to solve crossing problems regarding their trains to DIA and ours someday on the Gold Line that will, we trust, serve Arvada Wheat Ridge on the long promised Gold Line service.
Meanwhile we have the tracks, the high-power overhead wires and, notably, a large, multistory parking garage in downtown Arvada, (all costing many millions of dollars), standing idle. while endless test trains run up and down on the track, to the extent, someone has said, of being worn out!
We have no service all because the builders insist on combining crossing gate timing, (a technology well over 100 years old) with the brand new Positive Train Control designed for train safety. They just can’t get it right! And someone tells me that, when they get it right, they will have the first ever technology like this in the nation. Wow!
Meanwhile we, the citizens and potential riders, have waited over two years for our trains to connect Arvada and Wheat Ridge with downtown Denver. It is time that our local officials to get busy and work with the FRA , to see that we get our service as soon as possible!
Ron Vander Kooi,
Arvada

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