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First of Denver RTD's new FasTracks rail cars arrive at Union Station


The first new rail cars that will be part of the Regional Transportation District's (RTD) new FasTracks electric commuter-rail system in 2016 arrived at Denver Union Station last week, ending a three-week journey from an assembly plant in Philadelphia.

The steel car shells were manufactured at Hyundai Rotem's plant in South Korea, then shipped to the company's Philadelphia plant for fitting and assembly of various components, including wheel trucks, brakes, seats, propulsion system, flooring, doors and windows, RTD officials said in a post on the agency's website. From Philadelphia, the cars are shipped four at a time via rail.

RTD purchased 66 of the cars to serve the East Rail Line to Denver International Airport, the Northwest Rail Line to Westminster, the Gold Line to Arvada/Wheat Ridge and the North Metro Rail Line to Thornton. The cars will travel at speeds up to 79 mph.

In Denver, the vehicles will be maintained, serviced and cleaned at RTD's commuter-rail maintenance facility in Denver's Globeville neighborhood.

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