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Key Colorado Lawmaker Opposes Passenger Rail Plan

January 11, 2020

An influential Colorado lawmaker is opposed to developing intercity passenger rail along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.

House Speaker K.C. Becker (D-Boulder) said she is “absolutely not supportive” of the passenger train system proposed by the governor, saying “there’s a whole lot of work that needs to happen before folks explore” the idea.

Gov. Jared Polis is backing a Front Range passenger rail system, which he said would reduce highway traffic and move the state’s transportation system into the 21st century.

However, Becker said that she doesn’t favor developing intercity rail because transportation technology is evolving so rapidly and “we cannot predict what will be needed in the future and that what we are using now could be obsolete in 10 years.”

Becker’s position means that the legislature is unlikely to take action this year on a bill to create a special tax district to help fund Front Range rail.

The Front Range proposal, whose has been estimated at $5 billion, would establish rail between the Wyoming border to Trinidad, Colorado, via Pueblo, Colorado Springs, Denver and Fort Collins.

This region contains most of the state’s population.