DENVER (CBS4)– RTD and Denver Transit Partners get more time to work out software kinks in the A Line. The commuter rail received a 90-day extension of a waiver from the Federal Railway Administration.
The previous extension for the A and B Lines was set to expire on Nov. 5.
At issue are software problems centered around positive train control. It’s a regulation that will be installed in all trains in the next three years but is a first for RTD and a first for the Federal Railroad Administration.
Since the A Line opened and until the software issues are resolved, flaggers have been at every intersection where the trains cross the road.
“We greatly appreciate the FRA granting the waiver extension, which is the direct result of the excellent working relationship between FRA, RTD and DTP,” said RTD General Manager and CEO Dave Genova. “The University of Colorado A Line and the B Line trains have and will continue to operate safely while the remaining crossing issues are being addressed. We also appreciate that our passengers have continued to embrace our commuter rail service, as we are already exceeding our ridership projections for the end of the first year of operation for both lines.”
The FRA will continue with twice weekly progress meetings with RTD and Denver Transit Partners along with monthly face-to-face progress meetings in Washington, DC.