RTD: G Line and R Line will still open in 2016

9NEWS @ 9. 10/18/2016

KUSA - The R Line and G Line are still on schedule to open this year, RTD officials said during a news conference on Tuesday.

The G Line -- which will run between Union Station and Wheat Ridge -- was said to begin service in the fall.

On Tuesday, RTD announced the G Line can't open until the ongoing problems with the A Line are resolved.

They admitted the line has a software crossing fix that must be completed before it can begin service. Its official start date was not announced.

The A Line, famously known as the train to the plane, is on-time 87 percent of the time and boasts 18,000 riders on weekdays, according to RTD. Although the on-time percentage seems high, RTD General Manager Dave Genova says it's unacceptable. 

"Now that's not good enough. We want to be at a minimum of 90 percent or better," Genova said. 

The R Line, touted as a 22-mild stretch from Peoria to Lincoln, should open in winter 2016. It does not face the same issues the G Line does.

Also announced was free, electric vehicles coming to the 16th Street Mall.

Tuesday's meeting will serve as the first of quarterly updates the transit service will provide. 

Copyright 2016 KUSA


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