RTD N Line Rail Between Denver’s Union Station And Thornton Delayed Again

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The bridge that will carry RTD’s N Line commuter rail train, here over Brighton Boulevard near the Suncor Energy refinery.

RTD says the opening of its N Line commuter rail line from Union Station to Thornton will be delayed again.

RTD's General Manager Dave Genova told the RTD board Tuesday night that the line will not be open in the first quarter of 2020 like previous estimates. That's after it was initially slated to open in 2018. Genova said the line won't be open until May at the earliest and could slip to August.

Construction on the line began four years ago. When complete, it will stretch 18.5 miles.

RTD is in disagreement with the contractor working on the line, Regional Rail Partners, on the status of the first 13 miles of project, and a few weeks ago, they stopped testing the line over an overhead power issue.

Earlier this year, RTD said it would operate the N Line itself.

Genova said in a release that as RTD makes more progress on the project, they'll be able to announce a more concrete opening date.

CPR's Nathaniel Minor contributed to this report.