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Next steps for Front Range passenger rail proposed to legislature
DENVER – For the first time since its establishment, the Front Range Rail Commission gave the State Legislature’s Joint Transportation Committee an update on the recommended legislative next steps for bringing passenger rail service to the Interstate 25 corridor.
The Front Range Rail Commission’s recommendations for the next legislative steps are:
- Public outreach
- Determining the needs and desires of the public
- More engineering south of Denver
- Defining a preferred route
- Identifying preferred funding and governance structure
- Identifying potential operators
As part of the Commission's directive from Legislature, by December 1, 2017, the FRRC will present a draft of legislation on how to facilitate the development of a passenger rail system to the Front Range, from Trinidad to Fort Collins, as well as preserving and expanding Amtrak’s Southwest Chief rail service.
“A Front Range rail system would give us the opportunity to modernize our transportation options and grow our economy. This is an invaluable opportunity for the future of Colorado,” Pueblo County Commissioner Sal Pace said. Pace is also the Chair of the Front Range Rail Commission.
Since August, the FRRC has held five comprehensive meetings and more than a dozen subcommittee meetings reviewing governance structures, funding mechanisms and discussing potential routes and alternative routes to prepare for the December 1 deadline.