Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Denver eyes EMUs for airport rail access

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Denver is opting for electric multiple-unit (EMU) rail service to link the city’s proposed regional rail system, with its hub at Denver Union Station, with Denver International Airport.

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The city’s Regional Transportation District (RTD) has released a Final Environmental Impact Statement for the East Corridor, and for the proposed Gold Line linking Denver with Arvada, Colo.; both lines would use EMU equipment.

RTD will hold public meetings on the East Corridor on Sept. 23 and 24. The FEIS is available for public comment at http://www.eastcorridor.com/reports.html.

EMU use is widespread among transit properties in the Northeast and in Chicago, given historical and geographic factors. But should Denver stick with the modal choice, the city would become the first U.S. city west of the Mississippi to commit to EMU equipment for regional passenger rail service.