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Commuter Rail

Commuter Rail Cars

This page is your place to get the facts about the vehicles, the larger project and the four rail lines on which the new cars will operate.

Fact Sheets for Viewing and Download

Commuter Rail Vehicle Facts and Figures

RTD's Commuter Rail Lines
This map shows the four lines, all of which converge at Union Station

RTD Commuter Rail Lines

Photos of the Cars Arriving in Denver


Commuter Rail: The Details

RTD has purchased 66 vehicles to serve the East Rail Line to Denver International Airport, the Northwest Rail Line to Westminster, the Gold Line to Arvada/Wheat
Ridge and the North Metro Rail Line to Thornton.
Commuter rail trains are heavier and travel faster than light rail vehicles, but operate in a similar way, using overhead electric lines. They will travel up to 79 miles per hour. Commuter rail is used on longer lines and make fewer stops than a
typical light rail system.

Passengers will be able to walk directly from the station platform onto the vehicles without climbing stairs, as each door offers level boarding. This means each
vehicle entrance is accessible to wheelchairs, rolling luggage, bicycles, strollers and other large items. The vehicles have large seats with headrests, overhead storage, luggage racks and bicycle racks.
The steel car shells were manufactured at Hyundai Rotem's plant in South Korea, then shipped to the company's plant in Philadelphia for fitting and assembly of various components including wheel trucks, brakes, seats, propulsion system,
flooring, doors and windows.

Fast Facts

Dimensions: 85 ft. long, 10.5 ft. wide, 12.6 ft. high
Weight: 70 tons (empty)
Maximum Speed: 79 mph
Seats: 91
Total capacity: 170 (including standees); 2 wheelchair spaces per car
Motor power rating: 620 horsepower per vehicle
Power source: 25,000 volts AC on an overhead electrical system

See even more commuter rail vs. light rail facts here

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