Posts Tagged ‘Colorado Department of Transportation’

Colo. DOT Seeking Comment on Front Range Plan

July 3, 2020

The Colorado Department of Transportation is soliciting public views on a proposed plan to provide intercity rail passenger service along the state’s Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.

The agency has created a website for those interested to comment.

Comments are being accepted through July 31.

The long-range plan envisions service along a 173-mile route from Fort Collins to Pueblo.

Respondents will be asked how often they might use the service, what is most important to influence them to use it, such as travel time or fares, and see options for potential routes.

Highway Project Could Endanger Colorado Depot

January 11, 2020

A historic train station in Grand Junction, Colorado, could be in danger of being razed due to a highway construction project.

Union Station is now sitting unused, fenced off from the current Amtrak stop in Grand Junction for Amtrak’s California Zephyr. The depot has not been used since the 1980s.

The Colorado Department of Transportation is considering expanding the Interstate 70 business loop, which runs past the depot, which opened in 1906.

Friends of the Grand Junction Depot fear that the expansion project could result in the station being demolished.

CDOT plans to widen the road by adding another lane and is studying adding it on the opposite side form the station.

The depot advocacy group wants to see the station renovated so it can be used by Amtrak passengers.

The group says it doesn’t oppose widening the I-70 business loop provided that it does not interfere with access to the Old Grand Junction Depot building.

Colorado Seeks RFP for Front Range Rail Service

June 2, 2019

The Colorado Department of Transportation has issued a request for proposals to study rail options in the Front Range corridor between Pueblo and Fort Collins.

CDOT is joining with the Southwest Chief & Front Range Passenger Rail Commission in seeking ways to relieve traffic congestion by instituting rail service in a region that is home to 85 percent of the state’s population.

Officials have noted that 4.9 million people live in the corridor and it is expected to reach 6.6 million by 2045.

“The Commission is excited to explore how passenger rail can bring sustainable and real congestion relief along our Front Range,” Passenger Rail Commission Chair Jill Gaebler said in a news release. “As our population grows, the I-25 corridor will continue to be a vital link to our economy, moving people and goods while improving connectivity and allowing Colorado to flourish.”

Amtrak to Match SW Chief Route Grant

January 12, 2019

The Rail Passengers Association reported this week that it has learned that Amtrak will provide matching funds for a federal grant to be used to install positive train control on a portion of the route of the Southwest Chief.

The $9.2 million CRISI grant was awarded to the departments of transportation of Kansas and Colorado in partnership with Amtrak and host railroad BNSF.

The grant money will pay for the design, installation, and testing of PTC on about 179 miles of the Chief’s route between Dodge City, Kansas, and Las Animas, Colorado.

The development appears to represent an about face by Amtrak, which had earlier refused to honor its agreement to provide $3 million in matching funds for a $16 million federal TIGER grant won by a New Mexico county for rebuilding the route of the Chief in that state.

The RPA said it doesn’t know the status of Amtrak’s matching funds for the TIGER grant but it continues to lobby the passenger carrier to honor its agreement.

The Southwest Chief operates daily between Chicago and Los Angeles.

DOT Awards PTC Grant to SW Chief Route

December 21, 2018

The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded a $9.16 million grant to to help pay for installation of positive train control on the route used by the Amtrak’s Southwest Chief between Dodge City, Kansas, and Las Animas, Colorado.

The grant came through DOT’s Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements Grant Program. It was sought by the Colorado and Kansas departments of transportation and Amtrak.

The two state DOTs and Amtrak will contributed a 20 percent match of $2.29 million to the federal government’s 80 percent contribution toward the PTC project’s cost.

PTC will be installed on 179 miles of the mostly single-track on the line which is part of the BNSF La Junta Subdivision.

Amtrak had indicated earlier this year that it would refuse to operate Nos. 3 and 4 between Dodge City and Albuquerque next year because the route lacks PTC.

Instead, Amtrak proposed putting through passengers on a bus between the two points, which drew the ire of Congress, state policy makers and passenger train advocates

Last October Amtrak said it would continue rail service as-is through the end of fiscal-year 2019 on Oct. 1, 2019.