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Letter to the Editor: The latest of all trains


As my wife recently said, sarcastically, “I see the tracks and the (massive)
parking garage in downtown Arvada, but where are the trains?”

So are we in Arvada and Wheat Ridge doomed to wait, another year, before we
have commuter train service? We’ve waited years while the south suburbs had
it long ago! And all because Denver Transit Partners, part of a worldwide for-profit
conglomerate, insists on combining street crossing signals (a technology developed
a century ago) with “positive train control” a different technology which makes sure train
engineers obey their signals. Their technology means that they cannot even get the
street gates to operate properly!

It is past time for our civic leaders to demand that we get the train service promised
to us so long ago. And RTD has to retrieve its reputation by insisting on simpler
solutions to fill their service and safety requirements of Colorado Public Utility
Commission and National Railroad Administration regulations.

This project is being indefinitely delayed by RTD, and, especially, by its DTP
“partners” (which seems to care little about losing millions of dollars, let alone the
thousands of people waiting for their long-promised service.

Ron Vander Koo,


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