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Railroad workers warn that BNSF’s “harsh” new policy may force them to work while sick, exhausted

Thousands of railroad workers in Colorado can’t strike over a new attendance policy that two unions say is so punitive it could lead employees to clock in while sick or exhausted, potentially leading to accidents.  The unions said in late March they would enter arbitration, after a judge ruled in February that union workers can’t […]

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Colorado takes its biggest step yet toward a Front Range passenger train system

Colorado on Wednesday took its most significant step yet toward building a Front Range passenger train system as Gov. Jared Polis signed into law a bill creating a special taxation district for the proposed rail line. Senate Bill 238 also forms a board tasked with getting the new train on track. The 17-member panel, six […]

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New RTD boss questions wisdom of still pursuing the long-promised Denver-Boulder train

By Nathaniel Minor, Colorado Public Radio Elected officials in the Boulder region have grumbled ever since the Regional Transportation District delayed its rail line from Denver to Longmont. RTD promised the line in 2004 as part of the voter-approved FasTracks program, but rising costs have delayed the project by decades. The agency’s staff leaders and […]

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$5.6 million grant awarded to help pay for work along Southwest Chief route

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded Amtrak a $5.6 million grant for track improvements and other work in New Mexico and Colorado along the Southwest Chief passenger train route between Chicago and Los Angeles. The grant will help pay for upgrading 12.4 miles (20 kilometers) of rail near Lamy, New Mexico, […]

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Officials predict Front Range passenger rail in Colorado would have 3 million riders annually

A passenger rail line in Colorado would accommodate 9,200 people every weekday and nearly 3 million per year, according to new modeling by state officials. The proposed line would stretch from Fort Collins south to Pueblo in the south, cutting through Denver. The model envisions that the railway would reduce vehicle travel in the state […]