Vehicle Facts‏

Interior Design Mock-up

Interior Design Mock-up

The Eagle P3 Project will make use of commuter rail technology, rather than the current RTD light rail lines and vehicles. Commuter rail technology is designed with speed and distance in mind; the vehicles are built to travel longer distances and at faster speeds than light rail vehicles, with the commuter rail lines having fewer stations and stops than light rail lines. Although the commuter rail cars will be powered by electricity in a similar manner to the current RTD light rail vehicles, the electrical current will be delivered at a much higher voltage.

Hyundai Rotem USA will manufacture the Eagle P3 commuter rails vehicles and will subscribe to the Buy America Clause with at least 60% of the vehicles made in America.

Testing of the Rail Vehicle Screens

Testing of the Rail Vehicle Screens

Eagle P3 Commuter Rail Car Specifications:

  • Each railcar is 85 feet long
  • Railcar weight of 140,000 pounds
  • Runs in married pairs – two vehicles attached at once
  • Top speed of 79 mph
  • Seats 90 passengers per vehicle
  • Maximum number of 233 passengers per vehicle
  • 2 dedicated luggage storage racks per vehicle
  • 2 bicycle/multi-purpose storage racks
  • Overhead carry-on storage areas running the length of the vehicle
  • Level-boarding at all entrances – no stairs
  • Two ADA/handicapped seating areas per vehicle
  • LCD screens and overhead announcements giving
    real-time updates on current location and
    upcoming stations

Updates to the Commuter Rail Car

In 2011, over 12,000 people viewed a mock-up of the future commuter rail cars at Denver Union Station and in Olde Town Arvada. Thanks to input received from the individuals who toured the mock up, the following enhancements have been made to the cars that will be used on the East Rail Line, the Gold Line, and the initial segment of the Northwest Rail Line:

Interior of a Car Under Construction

Interior of a Car Under Construction

  • Ceiling handholds have been added in the entry areas to increase passenger comfort and safety
  • Handgrips added between headrests to allow for easier access in and out of the seats
  • Two types of securement mechanisms for bicycles have been added to accommodate a wider variety of bicycles
  • The luggage storage space has been reconfigured increase the capacity of the space
  • Shortened windscreens near ADA seating area to allow better maneuverability for wheelchairs
  • Spring tensioned seats in ADA seating areas to allow for easy access into the area