Integrated testing begins on RTD’s West Rail Line January 3
First train to operate under its own power
The Regional Transportation District (RTD) will start the integrated testing phase for the West Rail Line beginning Thursday, January 3. An initial train will run the entire length of the West Rail Line as the first test.
“This is a huge milestone for RTD as the test train will be operating under its own power—the first for the West Rail Line. Testing will continue for the next few months leading to the opening of the rail line on April 26,” said West Rail Line Project Manager Jim Starling.
The train will travel east to west ending at Johnson Road in Golden. The initial “sweep” of the entire corridor will start at 8 a.m. Thursday. Following the sweep, the train will return to Zuni Street to begin grade-crossing testing. This sequence of testing is to ensure all at-grade crossings operate correctly when a train is approaching. Each crossing takes one to two days and multiple crossings will be tested per day. There will be intermittent delays and flaggers will be on-site to assist with traffic control. The testing, which will take several weeks to complete, ensures that all systems are integrated and operating safely and correctly.
The 12.1-mile West Rail Line is the first rail line of RTD’s FasTracks project to start construction and will be the first to open to the public on April 26, 2013—eight months ahead of the original schedule. The West Rail Line will operate between Denver Union Station in downtown Denver and the Jefferson County Government Center in Golden, serving Denver, Lakewood, the Denver Federal Center, Golden and Jefferson County.
FasTracks is RTD’s voter-approved transit expansion program to build 122 miles of commuter rail and light rail, 18 miles of bus rapid transit service, add 21,000 new parking spaces, redevelop Denver Union Station and redirect bus service to better connect the eight-county District. For more information, visit www.rtd-denver.com.