From Tramways & Urban Transit – Denver receives first new FasTracks LRVs

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Denver light rail system  is one of America’s great success stories, so successful that the city has large expansion plans for their LRT system with over 195 miles of new lines to be built in the coming years. Denver’s  light rail system was the only public or private transit operation that was running during the great blizzard and only ceased operations because no one could get to it to use it!

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25 August 2009 Denver receives first new FasTracks LRVs

Denver’s Regional Transportation District (RTD) has taken delivery of the first of 55 Siemens LRVs for its new FasTracks fleet. The vehicle arrived last week via flatbed trailer from Siemens manufacturing facility in Sacramento, California.

Some of RTD’s original Siemens LRVs, put into service in 1994 with the opening of Denver’s first light rail line, have recently reached the one-million-mile mark.The new cars will accommodate service through the future openings of the West Corridor, I-225 Corridor, Southeast and Southwest extensions. The balance of the new fleet will arrive every few weeks over the next 18 months.

FasTracks is a voter-approved transit program to expand rail and bus service by building 122 miles of commuter and light rail, 18 miles of BRT, adding 21 000 new parking spaces, redeveloping Denver Union Station and redirecting bus service to better connect the eight-county District.

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