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Denver's N line opens monday Sept 21

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Denver's N line opens monday Sept 21
Posted by blue streak 1 on Monday, April 18, 2016 4:06 AM

Possibly a game changer as the 37 minute ride from downtown ( Union station ) to Denver international airport opens on schedule.  Fare $9.00 with usual discounts of up to 50%,  Friday April 22nd will be a free day so crowds will be heavy and suspect that there is not enough equipment to handle these crowds with normal service Monday with 15 minute headways.  Hope someone can give a report. 

Then of course there will be soonor or later service failure. This Denver Post video may be light on substance but gives info on how to navigate at airport.  Daughter who has to fly a couple times a month says it will reduce travel time and mainly be more reliable as I-70 can plug up especially in bad weather.  No more driving.

http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_29776576/denvers-new-tune-dia-take-train?source=pkg

 

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Posted by PJS1 on Monday, April 18, 2016 12:18 PM
“RTD's light-rail trains weren't built to accommodate big pieces of luggage, and passengers have to step up and down to get on and off the train — not a happy prospect when lugging heavy bags and juggling young children.
 
Overall this is a good deal.  I will definitely use the train the next time I travel by air to Denver.
 
I have taken the DART light rail train from DFW to downtown Dallas and back on several occasions. It too lacks a dedicated space for luggage, which means you have to hold it on you lap or place it on the floor.  Doing so impedes the aisle or an another seat.
 
It escapes me how a transit agency can open a rail line to an airport but not include luggage racks on its trains.  The train from the airport in Brisbane, Australia, to center city has spaces for luggage.  As do the shuttle vehicles at most of the airports in Texas!

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Posted by ROBERT WILLISON on Monday, April 18, 2016 1:23 PM

With or with out the  baggage racks, the train is a far better option then taking a cab.  Hats off to the folks in denver and the rdt.

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Posted by D.Carleton on Monday, April 18, 2016 3:39 PM

JPS1
“RTD's light-rail trains weren't built to accommodate big pieces of luggage, and passengers have to step up and down to get on and off the train — not a happy prospect when lugging heavy bags and juggling young children.
 
Overall this is a good deal.  I will definitely use the train the next time I travel by air to Denver.
 
I have taken the DART light rail train from DFW to downtown Dallas and back on several occasions. It too lacks a dedicated space for luggage, which means you have to hold it on you lap or place it on the floor.  Doing so impedes the aisle or an another seat.
 
It escapes me how a transit agency can open a rail line to an airport but not include luggage racks on its trains.  The train from the airport in Brisbane, Australia, to center city has spaces for luggage.  As do the shuttle vehicles at most of the airports in Texas! 

The quote references the light-rail trains operating south of the city. The new service runing north of Denver to the airport are heavy-rail cars with highlevel platform loading and luggage racks.

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Monday, April 18, 2016 4:49 PM

Some more info.which shows a 4 car train.

 

A question arises if there is a maximum effort to handle the  open house riders.  Will the 25Kv 60 Hz CAT power be able to handle what could / will probably be the maximum draw the route ever experiences.           S

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Posted by PJS1 on Monday, April 18, 2016 5:45 PM

D.Carleton

The quote references the light-rail trains operating south of the city. The new service runing north of Denver to the airport are heavy-rail cars with highlevel platform loading and luggage racks.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/rtd-denver/8641814080/in/album-72157633220984455/  

Thanks for the correction.  The quote was taken from the newpaper article.

Still does not change the outcome for DART's Orange Line trains from DFW. In addition, if I remember correctly, the BART trains in San Francisco don't have dedicated luggage racks for the trains running from the airport to center city. 

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Posted by D.Carleton on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 1:23 AM

JPS1

Still does not change the outcome for DART's Orange Line trains from DFW. In addition, if I remember correctly, the BART trains in San Francisco don't have dedicated luggage racks for the trains running from the airport to center city. 

Completely agree. Light-rail and rapid-transit are great for getting around town if one lives there. As a connection to an airport it is convenient with caveats. BART to San Francisco International was okay. The South Shore from South Bend International wasn't too bad. CTA to and from O'Hare with a bag on my lap and another occupying the seat next to me was no fun. Denver seems to have figured this out by using heavy-rail commuter trains with overhead and end racks. Someone is paying attention.

 

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Posted by D.Carleton on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 1:25 AM

blue streak 1

Some more info.which shows a 4 car train. 

A question arises if there is a maximum effort to handle the  open house riders.  Will the 25Kv 60 Hz CAT power be able to handle what could / will probably be the maximum draw the route ever experiences.           S 

They are not going to run any more trains than the system can handle. The last thing they need any kind of failure at introduction.

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Posted by 081552 on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 6:56 PM

Correct on BART. Huge cars have plenty of space leaving SFO.

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Posted by Buslist on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 1:37 AM

blue streak 1

Some more info.which shows a 4 car train.

 

A question arises if there is a maximum effort to handle the  open house riders.  Will the 25Kv 60 Hz CAT power be able to handle what could / will probably be the maximum draw the route ever experiences.           S

 

 

One would have hoped that they sized the power supply to operate all the rolling stock they purchased with additional capacity for expansion.

providing additional capacity now is far cheaper than adding it later.

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Thursday, April 21, 2016 5:10 PM

More RTD info stating 4 lines to open this year including "A" line

http://www.rtd-fastracks.com/ep3_156

 

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Posted by bob811 on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 11:30 AM
Specs written by politicians who fail to plan - or is it fail to plan.
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Posted by RME on Thursday, April 28, 2016 9:26 AM

bob811
Specs written by politicians who fail to plan - or is it fail to plan.

I don't know ... maybe it's fail to plan.

(Did you mean 'plan to fail'? Wink)

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Posted by bob811 on Thursday, April 28, 2016 5:48 PM

RME
 
bob811
Specs written by politicians who fail to plan - or is it fail to plan.

 

I don't know ... maybe it's fail to plan.

(Did you mean 'plan to fail'? Wink)

 

  LOL - nope.  To reach a desired result would force them to actually HAVE a plan.  Except for maybe the inauguaral trip, none of the Pols are actually ever going to ride it anyway, so why would they even bother to consider the 'luggage-toters' heading to DEN.   Confused 

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Posted by rdamon on Friday, April 29, 2016 1:22 PM

Interesting use of guard rails...

 

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Posted by MidlandMike on Friday, April 29, 2016 9:28 PM

I was suprised about the single track section bridge over the UP.

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Posted by rdamon on Friday, April 29, 2016 9:59 PM

Thought the same thing, but I am sure a double track bridge of that length would have strained the budget.

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Posted by NorthWest on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 9:07 PM
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Posted by blue streak 1 on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 9:33 PM

The obvious question is " where is a line or shop diesel loco ? "  Makes no sense not to base one at DEN Union Station especially there will shortly be three routes from there ?.

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Posted by daveklepper on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 3:05 AM

Hopefully, they have learned!

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Posted by mudchicken on Friday, June 10, 2016 1:53 PM

Still in the learning curve, failed again yesterday 6/9/16 (control issues)...

Mudchicken Nothing is worth taking the risk of losing a life over. Come home tonight in the same condition that you left home this morning in. Safety begins with ME.... cinscocom-west
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Posted by daveklepper on Wednesday, August 3, 2016 1:58 PM

RTD to begin testing along G, R lines

Written by  Mischa Wanek-Libman, editor
 
Commuter train on test run in Arvada on the G LineCommuter train on test run in Arvada on the G LineRTD
 
The Regional
Transportation District of Denver (RTD) is will begin testing trains along two new alignments: The R Line in Aurora, Colo., and the G Line through Arvada and Wheat RidgeRTD began systems integrated testing in July on the first segment of the R Line and with all of the track installed connecting the Aurora Line/I-225 Rail Line from end-to-end of its 10.5-mile-long route and nearly all overhead wiring in place, the project is entering a new phase where light rail trains can be tested on the line. Testing will occur on the segment that runs from Nine Mile Station to Exposition Avenue. The line is scheduled to open in late 2016.

As RTD Project Manager Chuck Culig explains, "Before we open the line for service, we test all the elements of the rail system to verify that the construction produced a safe and reliable operating rail line."

Individual segments of the G Line have been undergoing testing, but RTD will begin testing along the entire length of the line in preparation for its fall 2016 opening.

The G Line service is part of the Eagle P3 project and will travel 11 miles between Union Station and Wheat Ridge, passing through northwest Denver, Adams County and Arvada.

RTD said communication systems will continue to be tested in conjunction with the trains to make sure the trains, signaling systems, crossing elements, traffic signals and railroad entities synchronize properly.

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Posted by alphas on Thursday, August 4, 2016 2:06 PM

I made two round trips by auto to the Denver airport last week driving parallel to this line almost all of my travel distance.    I didn't see a single train going to/from the airport.    Is it being used yet and I just hit a down time or was/is it out of service? 

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Posted by MidlandMike on Thursday, August 4, 2016 8:53 PM

Two weeks ago at the NRHS convention in Denver, we frequently could see and hear the airport trains from our hotel balcony.  An RTD manager gave a talk and said the line has been open a while, and there have been citizen complaints about their loud horns.

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Posted by iowahsrail on Monday, August 22, 2016 10:13 PM

Long time observer on the forums and now I'm able to join the discussion;)

Given the video above it appears they opted to go with direct fixation for a significant portion of the route. My understaning is direct fixation is drastically more expensive than your concrete ties and ballast. Does anyone have context on why they made that decision? 

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Posted by daveklepper on Tuesday, August 23, 2016 4:00 AM

See the paper by Anders Norberg, "Wheel/rail noise excitation due to non-linear effects and parametric exhitation," Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 111-4, April 2002, p. 1771-1781.  Continuously supporting the rail reduces noise and vibration as compared with rails bridging between the support of ties (sleepers in the UK).  Also reduces wear and any tendency to corrigation.   Anders is a scientist with the Norwegian railway system.

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Posted by iowahsrail on Tuesday, August 23, 2016 9:40 PM
Thanks for the informative read. That exceeded my scientific thinking limit for the day!
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Posted by blue streak 1 on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 8:02 PM
The "A" & "B" lines in Denver are continuing to have problems with the Crossing signal not working properly.  It would seem that RTD must have gotten a new technology that  is not working.  Anyone know who the crossing manufacturer(s) is ? 
 
 
Federal Railroad Administration grants RTD and DTP extension of waiver, allowing continued operation of University of Colorado A Line and B Line
 
90-day waiver extension follows FRA, RTD, DTP meeting to review plans

DENVER, Nov. 2, 2016 – The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has granted the Regional Transportation District (RTD) and its contract builder and operator Denver Transit Partners (DTP) an extension of their waiver, allowing for continued operation of University of Colorado A Line and B Line.

Under the waiver extension, FRA noted that DTP must implement the items contained in the plan that was presented to FRA staff last Friday, Oct. 28 in Washington, DC. In addition, RTD and DTP will hold twice weekly progress meetings with the FRA Region 6 staff and will schedule monthly face-to-face progress meetings with the FRA in Washington, DC.

“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 University of Colorado A Line has average weekday ridership of 18,800 passengers, exceeding first-year-end projections of 18,600 passengers; the B Line has 1,480 daily passengers, well ahead of the first-year-end projection of 800 passengers.

Since opening in April, the University of Colorado A Line has operated with flaggers at each of the crossings to monitor and control traffic in case the gates stay down too long. The B Line, which opened in July, had a flagger in place at the one crossing on that line. The flaggers will remain in place until all actions are completed to correct crossing gate down time and other issues.

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