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RTD Heavy Rail Upgrade

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A rail upgrade project most affordably buys FRPR trains a reliable passenger-only right-of-way across the Denver Metro.

  • Our proposed solution involves existing light rail infrastructure between Denver Union Station and Littleton being upgraded to FRPR-compatible heavy rail standards.
  • Proposed FRPR trains can run on the same tracks as RTD’s Heavy (Commuter) Rail trains (same propulsion / signaling technology).
  • Parts of the existing Central Platte Valley and Southwest light rail lines civil infrastructure may be able to be reused such as the roadbed, structures, drainage and fencing.
  • Significant financial savings from utilizing an existing passenger-only right-of-way (RoW) instead of acquiring land and building from scratch.