KUSA – The Federal Railroad Administration has granted the Regional Transportation District a 90-day waiver extension to allow the A and B lines to continue operating while they work to fix malfunctioning crossing gates and other issues.

The University of Colorado A Line has operated under a temporary waiver from the FRA since it opened on April 22. The waiver was set to expire on Nov. 5 — three weeks later than an earlier deadline that was extended by the FRA.

The earlier deadline allowed the train to operate while RTD and the Denver Transit Partners tried to fix glitches in the software system that controls the crossing gates at intersections along the A line. Flaggers have been placed at each crossing to monitor and control traffic in case gates stay down too long. Flaggers will continue to stay in their locations until the issues have been resolved and correct crossing gate down times are fixed.

The FRA gave this statement about the 90-day extension:

“Last week, RTD presented a plan to resolve the timing issues at its railroad crossings. FRA has granted RTD permission for another 90 days to use flaggers at the crossings, with additional conditions, while RTD works to implement this solution. During that time, RTD must continue twice weekly meetings with FRA’s regional staff and also attend monthly face-to-face meetings in Washington to update FRA on its progress. RTD will be required to continue verifying that its flaggers are properly trained and are fully performing their duties.”

DETAILS: Read more about the decision at the Denver Business Journal