Two of RTD's lines will not open this year

9NEWS at 5 p.m. 11/19/16.

KUSA - Two major segments of RTD's rail system will not open this year: The G Line from downtown Denver through Arvada and Wheat Ridge, and the R Line through Aurora between Parker Road and I-70, according to our partners with the Denver Business Journal.

RTD Board Chairman Tom Tobiassen told the DBJ that he was disappointed that the train segments won’t have a 2016 opening, as has been expected for years.

"All along, the weather's been great, we've been doing well, and then there's a hitch that slips us by a few weeks, and then it creeps," Tobiassen said in an interview with the Denver Business Journal.

"I'm not upset. A year from now we'll forget about the struggles. But we want to get it open. We want the G Line open really badly and the Arvada people want it open. We just need to hang in there," he said.

In November, RTD received a 90-day waiver from the Federal Railway Administration allowing the transit agency and its private partner, Denver Transit Partners, to operate the A and B lines with flaggers in place. RTD and DTP are still working to fix the crossing gates at intersections along the A and B lines.

The gates reportedly have timing issues, causing safety concerns and numerous delays this year. The FRA told the Denver Business Journal that testing can not move forward on the G and R Lines unless the issue is fixed.

TJ McReynolds, the general manager of Homegrown Tap & Dough, says the G Line was definitely part of the business plan coming in.

"When we were looking at Arvada, the RTD line coming in was mainly the icing on the cake," McReynolds said.

AJ Payne was banking on the G Line to boost business by the time his coffee shop, HUnter Bay Coffee, opened for the first time in Colorado.

"Now, we're like one week away from opening up and we'd love to have that line open," Payne said.

RTD told the Denver Business Journal it is now thinking the R Line may be opened in mid-January.

Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan said he was "disappointed but not surprised" that the R Line's opening has been delayed beyond the end of the year.

Read more at the Denver Business Journal: http://bit.ly/2g4LYx3

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