CDOT high-speed rail open house at PPACG building July 16

       An open house for a new Front Range high-speed rail study - to include the possibility of passenger travel - will be in the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments (PPACG) meeting room, 14 S. Chestnut St., Monday, July 16, from 4 to 7 p.m.
       One of four scheduled statewide this month (the others are in Pueblo, Fort Collins and Denver), the open house will include a 30-minute presentation at 4:30 p.m. and again at 6.
       It is organized by the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) Division of Transit & Rail, which was created by the State Legislature in 2009.
       The study, called the Interregional Connectivity Study (ICS), “will examine technology, alignment and financial/funding options for implementing high speed rail along the Front Range,” a press release states. “The study has a broad reach, extending from Fort Collins to Pueblo including the Denver and Colorado Springs metropolitan areas.”
       The ICS follows the completion of CDOT's Freight and Passenger Rail Plan, which was ready for submittal to the Federal Railroad Administration in March. The plan's executive summary includes the statmement that “the rail system that was very important in the development of early Colorado has evolved in recent decades as a primary economic driver in the movement of freight to, from, and through the state. This Plan will move freight rail transportation forward with a focus on economic development, as well as set the stage for the state to take advantage of the momentum around the country in regard to the interest in expanding passenger rail service.”

Westside Pioneer/press release