Fuel distributors in Colorado are responsible for the distribution of almost 2.4 billion gallons of gasoline diesel, LPG and other fuels that drive our economies. Fuel distributors come to hospitals and schools to power emergency power generators, they brave mountain passes to keep fuel supply moving to mountain and western slope communities and own many of the service stations that are now supplying many different types of transportation fuels. Fuel distributors and the stations they own are predominately local.
In the last 12 years the association has elevated one discussion pertaining to grade crossings and asked for further review - soley because of the serious safety concerns raised by our drivers. To date, because of the professionalism of the drivers, company safety procedures, and strict regulation of hazmat transporters, accidents involving these trucks are limited and there has been no accidents involving the A Train and any of our hazmat trucks.
While the Chambers Road Grade Crossing, posed limited exposure in the past, the A Line changed that equation dramatically. In fact the Chambers Grade Crossing was listed by the Federal Rail Administration (FRA) in 2016 as being a “high risk crossing” based on the fact that hundreds of hazardous material trucks travel over Chambers Road at this at-grade crossing with a commuter rail line.
The association, and our partners, have tried numerous times to address this issue with the pertinent local authorities as well the folks that are responsible for the transit system, We have even brought the issue for review by the Colorado state legislature, only to be asked to continue to wait till an MOU was drafted between responsible parties. To date and now months later, an MOU still has not been released.
Our concern related to this issue has been and continues to be the safety of the public and our drivers. Since the beginning we merely have asked that RTD and others either make the Chambers Road corridor safe through the construction of a grade separation or provide a safe alternate route and authorization for its use by hazardous material trucks from the pipeline terminal and other businesses in that area to I-70. Our intention is not to alarm the public nor to adversely affect the A Line. While we have been and remain very concerned about an incident at this crossing, we have been patient.
Three years though is too long.