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Commuter trains: the new vehicles in Denver

Safety is RTD's number one priority. This is true for RTD employees and contractors who work on and operate RTD's buses, light rail trains and soon, commuter rail vehicles. We want this to be a priority for the public as well.

Like RTD's light rail trains, the commuter trains are powered by overhead electric wires. But commuter trains are bigger and faster. They run at speeds of up to 79 mph and they make fewer stops than light rail trains. And these vehicles are new to the Denver region.

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Commuter rail vehicle traveling along the University of Colorado A Line over Sand Creek between the Central Park and Peoria stations

The track crossings and the passenger stations are different from light rail as well.

With the introduction of three new commuter rail lines this year, the University of Colorado A Line, Northwest Rail B Line and the Gold G Line, it is important for the public to understand how to stay safe around this new train system. A fourth commuter line, the North Metro N Line, will open in 2018.

Trains are testing on the A Line. Soon, they will begin running a normal schedule to get ready for opening to the public on April 22.

New commuter trains will start to run along the G Line to Arvada and Wheat Ridge and B Line to Westminster this spring as part of the testing and commissioning process.

In preparation, RTD is conducting a comprehensive outreach program to educate the public and schools. Through the Operation Lifesaver program, RTD will ensure students, parents and faculty have the opportunity to learn how to navigate the new pedestrian crossings and be safe on the elevated train platforms.

Key safety tips to remember and share with your family, friends and co-workers as you use commuter trains are simple and important:

  • Do not touch or throw objects at the overhead power lines or climb on the power poles—if they are up, they are live with electricity!
  • Never trespass on any train track—it is illegal and dangerous.
  • Cross the tracks only at designated crossings.
  • Always follow safety signs and obey warning devices such as flashing red lights and gate arms.
  • Stay alert and look both ways for trains—you may not hear them coming.
  • Never trespass onto construction sites and stay off the train station platforms until they are open to the public.