Commuter Rail Vehicle

Facts & figures

Commuter Rail Vehicle 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

Project overview

  • RTD’s commuter rail vehicles are heavier and travel faster than light rail vehicles, but operate in a similar way, using overhead electric lines.
  • The vehicles will travel up to 79 miles per hour, go longer distances and make fewer stops than a typical light rail system.
  • Sixty-six vehicles were purchased 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.
  • The vehicles have large seats with headrests, overhead storage, luggage racks, bicycle racks.
  • 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 steel car bodies 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, etc.
  • The vehicles will be maintained, serviced and cleaned at the Commuter Rail Maintenance Facility (CRMF) at 5151 Fox St. in Denver’s Globeville neighborhood.

Commuter Rail Vehicle map

FasTracks Commuter Rail Vehicle map