RTD employs innovative technology for track maintenance during extreme weather conditions


RTD employs innovative technology for track maintenance during extreme weather conditions

The Regional Transportation District (RTD) is preparing for severe weather in the Denver metro area this week by monitoring the forecast and putting a plan of action in place. RTD provides public transportation to over 3 million people in eight Colorado counties, covering more than 2,000 square miles. Commuters have expressed difficulty waiting on train and bus platforms during severe weather, with one passenger mentioning the desire to quickly board and get warm.

RTD offers riders shelters that are closely monitored, and bus operators receive specific training for severe weather conditions. The system also utilizes new technology to ensure operations continue running smoothly. Crews working on commuter trains north of Interstate 70 keep an eye on built-in snow-melting devices and heaters, while special snow trains operate in subzero temperatures to clear the tracks. Sweep trains run throughout the night south of I-70 to prevent the system’s overhead wires from icing up, with other equipment using blades to remove ice from the wires. Mechanics are on standby to address any issues that may arise.

Despite the challenges posed by severe weather, a customer excellence survey revealed that 75% of riders feel satisfied with RTD’s service. During severe weather, riders are encouraged to check RTD’s website or app for any delays or updates. For the latest news, weather, sports, and streaming video, viewers can turn to FOX31 Denver.

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