Testing Begins on Denver Airport East Rail Line

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USA: The Regional Transportation District of Denver's (RTD) first two commuter rail cars rolled onto the East Rail Line for their first trip from Union Station to Denver International Airport on Friday, 3rd April.

The rail cars were pulled along the new tracks from Union Station along the 23 mile-long route at a pace of roughly 10 miles per hour.

This kicks off a year-long schedule of testing and commissioning prior to opening day in 2016.

It was the first time people were able to see the commuter trains on the tracks to the airport. A diesel-powered "track-mobile" pulled the cars. The overhead electric wires were not used to power the trains on this trip.

The trains moved slowly on this first run so that RTD's concessionaire on the project, Denver Transit Partners, could observe the track and vehicle conditions along the whole route.

Denver EastRailLine Test

Hear from Dan Poremba, Managing Director, Airport City Development, Denver International Airport at the Global AirRail 2015 conference, taking place in Toronto on 20-22 May. 

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