G Line to Arvada can start testing, but Denver Transit Partners is concerned

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The University of Colorado A Line. Jan. 5, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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The University of Colorado A Line. Jan. 5, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Without final approval from the Federal Railroad Administration that all those A Line issues are resolved, the G Line can’t open.

That concerns Denver Transit Partners, the private contractor who built the A, B and G Lines. However, in a potentially promising sign, state authorities will allow preliminary testing of the G Line to begin.

RTD said Wednesday that they got a notice from DTP “expressing DTP’s concerns over DTP’s ongoing inability to receive approval and final certification from the Federal Railroad Administration and the Colorado Public Utilities Commission.”

The Colorado Public Utilities Commission, for its part, just gave the go-ahead to resume testing on the G Line, reports the Denver Business Journal. RTD Spokesperson Nate Currey told DBJ that the FRA indicated testing would be OK along the line.

Despite RTD blaming the private contractor’s own “ongoing inability” (u mad bro?) to resolve the elusive FRA approval, DTP declined to comment or share this notice, citing the commercial consideration involved.

Thus, we’re left with only RTD’s explanation of DTP’s concerns. They are as follows:

“In part, DTP claims that there was a change in law governing certain FRA and [Colorado Public Utilities Commission] approvals. The claim could impact the allocation of certain costs, the schedule for revenue service, and other payments to DTP for commuter rail operations.”

RTD says they are reviewing DTP’s notice and will respond.

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