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Letter to the editor: Still no Gold Line!

Posted 5/22/18

We in Arvada and the rest of the Gold Line (despite a fully electrified line and a huge bi-level parking lot, in downtown Arvada) is two years overdue, and we are still waiting for train service …

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opinion

Letter to the editor: Still no Gold Line!

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We in Arvada and the rest of the Gold Line (despite a fully electrified line and a huge bi-level parking lot, in downtown Arvada) is two years overdue, and we are still waiting for train service to Denver.

This is after other Denver Transit Partners problems, such as the stopping of DIA trains with of passengers on two DIA trains with a few hundred passengers for three hours! Meanwhile the Gold Line has been stalled for years by the “Partners” insistence that two very distinct technologies be combined,1) crossing gates and signals (a century old technology that works) with 2) very new technology, PTC (Positive Train Control) which would slow or stop trains running too fast against signals.

So much for the idea that private, for (high) profit, corporations will solve the problems of government entities like RTD. This issue will continue as long as too many Americans believe that “government is the problem.” With less government, as we are headed as with environmental rules, we will not live as long!

Ron Vander Kooi,
Arvada

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