RTD Will Not Reimburse Denver Transit Partners $111MM

Written by Jennifer McLawhorn, Managing Editor
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Courtesy of RTD

DENVER – Regional Transportation District (RTD) does not have to reimburse a contractor $111 million, the Colorado Court of Appeals ruled.

According to a report from CPR, the $111 million in costs came from issues with rail line crossing gates. In the 2010s, Denver Transit Partners built the A, B, and G Lines for RTD and used “new wireless technology to control crossing gates that met relatively new federal safety standards.” Instead, the gates did not function as they should and subsequently led regulators to “require human flaggers” for years. This inflated the cost to over $100 million and “led to lawsuits between RTD and the contractor.”

RTD spokesperson Stuart Summers said that RTD is “pleased with this outcome and looks forward to moving past the yearslong legal dispute,” and that the ruling “affirms RTD’s longstanding conviction that Denver Transit Partners is responsible for the costs associated with its initial failure to deliver a system consistent with federal and state standards, as promised.”

Executive project director and CEO of Denver Transit Partners Doug Allen told CPR that the company has not “decided whether to appeal the ruling.”

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