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Southwest Chief & Front Range Passenger Rail Commission

The Passenger Rail Commission (aka, the Southwest Chief & Front Range Passenger Rail Commission) coordinates and oversees efforts by state and local governments—and cooperates with Kansas, New Mexico, Amtrak and the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway (BNSF)—to ensure completion of track repairs and upgrades required to continue Southwest Chief Rail service in Colorado. The Commission also works to extend service to Pueblo, and is fully exploring the benefits of service extension to Walsenburg.

Other duties:

  • Facilitate the future of Front Range passenger rail.
  • Develop draft legislation to facilitate the development of a Front Range passenger rail system that provides passenger rail service in and along the I-25 corridor that is a well-integrated component of a modern, efficient and cost-effective multimodal transportation system.

Voting Members



Sara Cassidy Class 1 Railroad Representative
Jill Gaebler Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments
Terry Hart Pueblo Area Council of Governments 
Becky Karasko North Front Range Metropolitan Planning Organization
Rick Klein Resident of Huerfano, Las Animas, Otero, or Pueblo Counties
Sal Pace Passenger Rail Advocate 
Pete Rickershauser Class 1 Railroad Representative
Phil Rico South Central Council of Governments
Jacob Riger Denver Regional Council of Governments
Jim Souby Passenger Rail Advocate 
Bill Van Meter Regional Transportation District
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Non-Voting Members



David Krutsinger Colorado Department of Transportation (DTR/Director)
Ray Lang Sr. Amtrak
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Southwest Chief Commission

View information about the precursor to this Commission, the Southwest Chief Commission, disbanded as of April 6, 2017.

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