Feasibility study gains steam for Colorado passenger rail lines
Colorado – The Southwest Chief & Front Range Passenger Rail Commission and the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) have set course on a request for proposals (RFP) this summer for a feasibility study on a proposed 173-mile passenger rail system linking Pueblo, Colorado Springs, and Fort Collins to Denver.
Through this study, the Passenger Rail Commission and CDOT will identify different multimodal options to expand transportation options for the front range, as population along the corridor continues to grow. The system includes 85 percent of Colorado’s population.
Cost estimates for a line from Fort Collins to Pueblo were in the $5 billion to $15 billion range two years ago and based on studies several years old. Officials said the feasibility study would expedite federal requirements by streamlining multiple processes for a rail passenger service development plan and environmental review.
“The Commission is excited to explore how passenger rail can bring sustainable and real congestion relief along our Front Range,” said Jill Gaebler, Southwest Chief & Front Range Passenger Rail Chair, in a press release. “As our population grows, the I-25 corridor will continue to be a vital link to our economy, moving people and goods while improving connectivity and allowing Colorado to flourish.”