The Denver Post - - NEWS - Eason, The Den­ver Post

The Univer­sity of Colorado A-Line and B-Line will rely on cross­ing guards at least a lit­tle while longer, Re­gional Trans­porta­tion Dis­trict of­fi­cials said this week.

The Fed­eral Rail­road Ad­min­is­tra­tion last week granted RTD an ad­di­tional 90-day ex­ten­sion on a fed­eral waiver that has al­lowed the Den­ver tran­sit sys­tem to op­er­ate the train line while it works to­ward a per­ma­nent fix for its faulty cross­ing gate soft­ware.

“We are su­per close,” RTD spokesman Nate Cur­rey said. “We’ll ask for as many ex­ten­sions as we need to to get it done through their process.”

The fed­eral waiver — which had al­ready been ex­tended sev­eral times — was set to ex­pire July 31, and at one point it looked as though an­other ex­ten­sion might not be needed. RTD in April said it had fixed the gate glitch, which was caus­ing train cross­ing gates to open and close at the wrong time.

But as the July 31 dead­line ap­proached, fed­eral reg­u­la­tors still hadn’t given fi­nal ap­proval to the fix — and even if they had, Cur­rey said, the flag­gers wouldn’t dis­ap­pear right away. The Colorado Pub­lic Util­ity Com­mis­sion, too, would have to sign off.

The trou­bles have also de­layed the G-Line. — Brian

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