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Flaggers removed once again from some crossings on RTD’s A and B Lines

Posted at 9:50 PM, Dec 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-21 23:50:16-05

DENVER — The Regional Transportation District announced that progress on a plan to correct issues plaguing its commuter rail lines have resulted in the removal of flaggers on some crossings once again.

On Friday, the Federal Railroad Administration approved the removal of the grade crossing attendants from the three crossings on the University of Colorado A Line and the one crossing on the B Line.

Friday’s decision comes after flaggers were removed and then reassigned back on some crossings this summer. But Friday’s move points to a “viable path forward,” RTD said in a news release.

Last month, federal regulators had warned RTD that service on the airport train could be suspended if the transportation district didn’t come up with a plan to fix problems with the line’s crossing gates.

That plan, submitted Dec. 14, was praised by federal regulators during a meeting with the FRA in Washington Thursday, according to a press release.

RTD said it is “prepared” to start service on the G-Line in the first quarter of next year if “multiple stakeholders” cooperate with the plan and the FRA approves it.