DENVER--The Regional Transportation District is celebrating the University of Colorado A-Line's one year anniversary despite troubles with crossing gates.
A total of 13 people are stationed at the crossing gates throughout the line. The gates do go down, but the flaggers are there as a precaution. A software glitch has caused the problems in the last year.
"It's just a matter of the software regulating it to be down a certain time, and up at a certain time," said RTD spokesman NateCurrey.
The manned crossing gates are costing extra money.Curreysaid tax payers aren't paying for it, but a private company partnering withRTD is covering the cost.
The Federal Railroad Administration grantedRTDa waiver that will allow the train to keep running. The waiver expires April 30.
"It's just a good place for them toreassess where they are, and puts us at another 90 days forward," saidCurrey. "This one may be a little different as far as what we are requesting, and hopefully this is the last one we have to request."
Curreysaid it's been a huge learning curve forRTD on the commuter rail and the brand-new technology for the Denver region. No exact date on when the gates will be fixed, but Currey said it should be soon.
The A-Line has carried around five million passengers in the first year.