On Monday morning, RTD suspended all light rail services between its Colorado, Ridgegate and Florida stations for “emergency maintenance”.
RTD officials tweeted the alert around 7:30 a.m. Monday and included the notice prominently on its website. rtd-denver.com.
Shuttles have been offered to users of lines H, R and E.
At around 12:45 p.m. Monday, a spokeswoman said by email that service on the H and E lines would resume at 1:45 p.m., but with “single track between Colorado and Southmoor (stations), with 30-minute frequencies.”
Several passengers complained on Twitter about the slowness of the shuttles and the need for Uber or Lyft rides.
On Wednesday afternoon, an R line train derailed at Exposition Avenue and Sable Boulevard in Aurora. Rescuers treated 24 patients for minor injuries, three were transported to local hospitals for non-life-threatening injuries, according to an Aurora Fire Department spokeswoman.
But Monday’s shutdown was caused by contractors working on the lines on Sunday accidentally cutting the wrong wires, RTD spokeswoman Tina Jaquez said Monday.
“It wasn’t related to the derailment,” she said.
The derailment investigation is ongoing and R-line service remains closed after this intersection.
“The repairs and the investigation take longer,” Jaquez said.
Authorities have encouraged riders to sign up to receive service disruption alerts at rtd-denver.com.
This is a developing story and will be updated throughout Monday.