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Feds threaten RTD over A-Line crossing gate problems

Posted at 8:17 AM, Nov 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-30 10:17:27-05

Federal regulators are warning they could go as far as suspending service on the University of Colorado A-Line if RTD doesn’t submit a plan in the next couple of weeks that points to a solution to ongoing problems with the airport train’s crossing gates, according to The Denver Post

It’s the latest wrinkle in a pitched battle over how metro Denver’s commuter rail system is run.

In a Nov. 15 letter made public this week, Robert Lauby, chief safety officer at the Federal Railroad Administration, called “unacceptable” the Regional Transportation District’s ongoing failure to provide warning times at its crossings that are within federally mandated ranges.

Lauby said since 2016 the “FRA has initiated enforcement action on over 1,000 identified defective conditions involving RTD’s operations and infrastructure.” During the week of Aug. 13 alone, he said, inspectors from his agency “identified 63 instances of warning times outside the acceptable ranges allowed under the waiver.”

Read the rest of this story at The Denver Post