Friday, November 3, 2017

Front Range rail service closer to reality

Growth on the Front Range is driving planners to pick up the pace on passenger rail.
"Roads are not enough," said Pueblo County Commissioner Sal Pace, who chairs the Southwest Chief & Front Range Passenger Rail Commission. "… I think congestion on our roads is proof in itself of the need for alternatives." "Our major competitors, particularly Utah and New Mexico, have these (passenger rail systems) and have had them for awhile," said Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush, a Steamboat Springs Democrat who leads the review committee, in recognizing the commission's work. [Longmont Times-Call]
As the New Mexico Rail Runner suffers a downturn in ridership Move Cheyenne is studying passenger rail to Denver. Denver is lobbying hard to attract Amazon's second headquarters although Albuquerque has an outside chance.

Equip the Rail Runner to connect with Amtrak farther south in New Mexico then on to El Paso and put the Rail Runner into downtown Denver to connect with the California Zephyr, maybe into Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Legal cannabis for New Mexico's adults could help foot the bill for Positive Train Control.

Who's with me?

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