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RTD reduces A Line frequency in October

The A Line normally serves stations every 15 minutes, but RTD will change that frequency during October.

DENVER — If you're taking the train to the plane, you'll have a longer wait in October.

All A Line service will be operated at a 30-minute frequency from Oct. 3 through Oct. 29, the Regional Transportation District said.

The A Line normally serves stations every 15 minutes, but RTD will change that frequency to every 30 minutes, seven days a week.

RTD said the reduction in frequency is needed while repairs are made to the railroad crossing at the intersection of Dahlia Street and Smith Road. A Line trains will operate on a single track around the work zone.

"We’re going to be strengthening the subgrade, the ground underneath the tracks, to improve our ride quality and ensure a smooth transition for both highway and rail," RTD project manager Pauline Haberman said. 

"The repairs are expected to provide a long-term fix, and that allows trains to safely operate on that section of rail," she said. 

Haberman said RTD workers discovered the issue while conducting nightly rail inspections and kept an eye on it for the past few weeks. 

"They feel it's time to go in and make a correction," she said. 

The delays will affect Haberman's commute, too. She takes the A Line to work each day. 

"I understand the frustration. However, it’s a big system, it’s a wonderful system and well worth the inconvenience. If you plan ahead, that’ll smooth out your ride," she said. 

During construction, A Line trains will pass workers and equipment on or near the tracks at the Dahlia Street crossing. Train horns will sound through the Dahlia Street crossing during working hours, RTD said.

Regular, 15-minute service is scheduled to resume Oct. 30.

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