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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 […]

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Train service resumes in Glenwood Canyon, wildfires grow to a combined 179,000 acres

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Trains have started moving again through Glenwood Canyon where railroad tracks were closed because of an ongoing wildfire. But it could be several more days before motorists will be allowed on Interstate 70 through the mountain corridor. Union Pacific and Amtrak resumed service through Glenwood Springs after closing the tracks in Glenwood […]

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Sarah Adleman’s literary journey included a white board, a Death Row letter and a long train ride

Sarah Adleman was born and raised between the bayous of Houston, the swamps of Louisiana, and the desert of El Paso. She was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Bangladesh, studied yoga in India, and taught English in China. Sarah earned her MFA from the University of Texas at El Paso and works as a Yoga […]

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Trains could return to Colorado’s Tennessee Pass, rumble through Leadville under pair of proposals

It’s been 23 years since trains rumbled through the tunnel atop Tennessee Pass.  That could change as interest in the dormant Tennessee Pass Line between Cañon City and Dotsero grows. A fledgling railway project in Utah’s Uinta Basin and a billionaire New York City developer with thousands of acres of wheat and an existing rail […]

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“I’m absolutely not supportive of that”: Front Range passenger train service appears derailed on arrival at Capitol

The 2020 legislative session hasn’t yet begun, but a goal of Gov. Jared Polis already appears to be derailed.  House Speaker KC Becker, D-Boulder, told reporters on Friday that she is “absolutely not supportive” of legislation to create a Front Range passenger train system.  Proponents were eyeing the 2020 legislative session to offer a bill […]

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Polling shows support for a tax hike to pay for a Front Range passenger train. But the devil is in the details.

Polling released last week by the state shows that Colorado voters along the Front Range generally favor raising sales taxes to pay for a passenger train running from Fort Collins to Pueblo.  But that’s just part of the story. What the survey didn’t test was by exactly how much voters would be willing to raise […]

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Republican U.S. senator holds up three Amtrak board nominees over future of Southwest Chief train through Colorado

TOPEKA, Kan. — U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran is putting pressure on Amtrak to commit to the continued operation of the Southwest Chief passenger rail service that connects Chicago to Los Angeles with stops in Colorado, Kansas and New Mexico. Moran recently delayed confirming three nominees to Amtrak’s board of directors in an effort to push […]