DENVER — The Regional Transportation District (RTD) has learned it does not have to pony up more than $100 million after a long legal fight over crossing gates.
It's been more than two years since a trial involving RTD and Denver Transit Partners (DTP) ended. A Denver District Court judge offered a ruling Friday in the lawsuit first filed in 2018.
DTP, the group of contractors that built the A, B and G lines as part of the Eagle Project approved by voters in 2004, originally sued the metro area transportation agency because of financial issues related to the passenger trains' gates.
Gates were closing closing too early or too late, bringing the ire of federal and state regulators. Because of this, crossing guards stood at intersections to man the gates, and neighbors heard the constant blare of train horns because the Federal Railroad Administration refused to approve quiet zones.
In its suit, DTP reported spending more than $111 million on equipment and the crossing guards to meet standards. They also said regulatory review prompted changes in the law, and the agency couldn't keep up with the moving goal posts.
The judge, however, ruled regulators applied existing law when they evaluated the crossing gates.
Per the judge's ruling, RTD, which countersued for overhead costs and other DTP work, won't be getting money either.
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