Testing at 45 Mph begins on Denver Airport rail link

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USA: Commuter rail testing on Denver’s East Rail "A" Line took another step forward when RTD and its contractor on the project, Denver Transit Partners, began testing trains at 45 mph between 40th Avenue and York Street and the 40th and Airport Station.

This phase of the testing will demonstrate and prove that all warning signs, gate arms and other mechanisms at the commuter rail crossings are working as they will on opening day.

There will be flaggers at each intersection to ensure pedestrians navigate the crossings easily and safely.

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If this phase of the testing is successful, trains will continue to travel along the A Line at high speeds for the remainder of the testing programme and during public service.

"Testing at this speed is an important milestone for the project and gets us one step closer to opening the A Line this spring," said Greg Straight, RTD FasTracks Eagle P3 project director.

"It is imperative that the public remember to follow all safety signs and warning devices at the crossings and never to trespass on any train track. It's not only illegal, but extremely dangerous to the public and to our staff."