G Line flaggers removed

RTD given permission from federal regulators for the change

Staff report
Posted 7/19/19

After years at their posts, those flaggers at G Line train crossings are finally headed home. The Regional Transportation District (RTD) obtained initial approval from the Federal Railroad …

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G Line flaggers removed

RTD given permission from federal regulators for the change

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After years at their posts, those flaggers at G Line train crossings are finally headed home.

The Regional Transportation District (RTD) obtained initial approval from the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) to remove the crossing flaggers at all 16 at-grade grade crossings along the G Line, which travels from Denver Union Station through Adams County, Arvada and Wheat Ridge. The flagger removal comes after the final approval by the FRA and Colorado Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) that the G Line’s wireless crossing-gate technology is "acceptable and effective," according to RTD.

The crossing gate technology was long considered unsafe, and grounds for delaying the opening of the G Line by more than two years, while the new system's timing issues were resolved.

Denver Transit Partners (DTP), which operates the rail line for RTD, will start removing the flaggers in a phased approach as early as this week.

While flaggers will no longer be stationed at each crossing on a routine basis, RTD and DTP say they may bring flaggers back, if needed for public safety.

“This is another significant milestone for the G Line and the Eagle project,” RTD General Manager and CEO Dave Genova said in a statement. “Now that the flaggers will no longer be stationed at the grade crossings, we ask everyone to be our partners in safety.”

RTD and DTP urge all pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers to be aware of and obey all signs and safety alert devices at every at-grade railroad crossing. Warning devices such as gates, flashers and signage are in place for the public’s protection, and it is dangerous and illegal to disobey or disregard these warning devices.

“People should always look both ways before entering a grade crossing, and be aware that a train could arrive on any track from any direction at any time,” DTP Project Director John Thompson said. “We can’t emphasize enough that there are dire consequences if people try to beat a train or are distracted while walking through a crossing. Please be safe around our trains.”

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