A Line electrical issues raised years before train opened

DENVER -- Despite a high on-time performance rate of 88 percent, things haven’t been smooth sailing for RTD’s A Line. Now, there’s new information that red flags about electrical issues that were raised years before the train opened.

The red flags raised were about potential problems with the design.

Since the train opened, the most memorable Mother Nature moment was when a lightning strike caused stoppage and delays on the train.

“There was an issue where a wire was pulled down with the catenary poles on one of the trains, then have had some signal issues, and a couple of power issues,” RTD assistant general manager of communications Scott Reed said.

Reed said a recommendation to the Denver transit partners to add more lightning-proof buffers has taken place.

As it stands now, surge protectors are in place all over the system.

But RTD said it can’t make any guarantees that will help the electrical issues on the A Line.

“Lightning kind of goes where it's going to go,” Reed said. "You try to make as many adjustments as you can, but you can't make any guarantees."

RTD hopes that down the road, the ride will only get better.