Aurora Tram closure continues through November, confidential inquiry | Heather Willard
Heather Willard/NewsBreak Denver/November 7, 2022
(Aurora, Colo.) The Regional Transportation District (RTD) announced that it had completed an internal investigation into a September 21 R Line light rail train derailment at Aurora. But the results will remain confidential until the Colorado Public Utilities Commission releases the report or findings.
The agency also plans to complete repairs by early December for the light rail to be back in service. RTD established bus service for customers between Aurora Metro Center and 13th Avenue stations, but suspended service on October 3 due to staffing shortages.
RTD Managing Director and CEO Debra A. Johnson said she appreciates the continued patience until construction is complete. The line is expected to resume full service in December, “although full restoration may possibly occur sooner if certain procedural steps are followed,” Johnson said in a statement.
In an effort to restore service, RTD submitted its investigation report to the Colorado Public Utilities Commission on November 4, along with proposed corrective actions.
Also on Friday, crews safely removed a derailment-damaged support pole and adjusted the light rail’s overhead electrical system following a systems overhaul at the Sable Boulevard and Exposition Avenue intersection. . RTD staff are also working with Aurora officials on the intersection’s train-traffic interface and coordinating with the public utilities commission as part of the safety certification process.
Johnson said RTD would provide further updates on restoring service, but information about the investigation will remain confidential.
“When RTD investigates a light rail accident, it stands in the place of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission, as the federally designated light rail state safety oversight agency,” Johnson said, “and all information compiled, together with the investigation report, corresponding documents and proposed corrective action plans are confidential unless otherwise ordered by the (commission).