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The Regional Transportation District of Denver (RTD) earlier this week announced it will postpone the opening date of the N Line, a 18.5-mile commuter-rail line between Denver and Thorton, Colorado, until May or August of 2020.
The previous opening date for the N Line was projected in first-quarter 2020.
RTD General Manager and Chief Executive Officer Dave Genova told RTD's board on Sept. 24 that the opening date must be delayed in order for the project to meet a number of milestones, including advanced testing of grade crossings, implementation of positive train control, and turning over the project from contractor Regional Rail Partners (RRP) to RTD, agency officials said in a press release.
RTD staff will develop a detailed list steps that have to be taken prior to setting an opening date.
RTD and contract team RRP — a joint venture of Balfour Beatty Infrastructure Inc. and Graham — continue to work on civil and systems elements to complete construction of the line's first 13 miles.
The electrified commuter line is part of FasTracks, RTD’s 2004 voter-approved, multibillion-dollar transit expansion plan for the metro Denver region.