Light rail testing underway at new Lone Tree stops

E, F and R lines will be powered down Nov. 11

Staff report
Posted 11/5/18

The Regional Transportation District is beginning to test the three new stations constructed in Lone Tree, according to a release sent by RTD Nov. 1. RTD estimates the three new stations, at the Lone …

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Light rail testing underway at new Lone Tree stops

E, F and R lines will be powered down Nov. 11

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The Regional Transportation District is beginning to test the three new stations constructed in Lone Tree, according to a release sent by RTD Nov. 1. RTD estimates the three new stations, at the Lone Tree City Center, Sky Ridge Medical Center and Ridge Gate, will be functional in 2019.

“Before we open the new extension for service, we test all the elements to verify that the construction produced safe and reliable operating rail line,” said Andy Mutz, RTD project manager.

The testing follows the completed construction of the bridges and other structures on the 2.5-mile stretch, which is part of the Southeast Rail Extension. Lines will begin being tested in the second week of November.

The E, F and R lines will be powered down from 4 a.m. Nov. 11 to 4 a.m. Nov. 12 due to high voltage and proximity to construction crews. Bus shuttles will serve passengers in place of rail service at Lincoln and County Line stations.

Bus shuttles will be leaving every 15 minutes from Lincoln Station Gate E, County Line Gate C and Dry Creek Station Gate B. Travel time between Dry Creek and Lincoln Stations will be about 20 minutes, RTD states. Visit www.RTD-Denver.com for more information.

The testing process is referred to as “systems integrated testing,” and evaluates technical and performance requirements for key elements of the line, according to the statement. Once the testing is finished, operations crews will run the trains to get familiar with the new alignment before the line is open to the public. The stations' official opening date has not yet been determined.

RTD asks the public to abide by all safety signage during the testing process, respect closures of railroad or at-grade crossings along the alignment and not attempt to view testing by accessing construction areas at stations and various locations along the tracks.

The Southeast Rail Extension will extend the Southeast Rail Line from Lincoln Station to the RidgeGate station on the southernmost end.

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