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CDOT seeking Public input on Area Transit

February 20, 2014 - Southeastern Colorado/CDOT Region 2 - TRINIDAD – The Colorado Department of Transportation’s (CDOT) Division of Transit & Rail wants to hear from citizens in Las Animas and Huerfano counties on how best to improve transit in the region.

As part of CDOT’s Statewide Transit Plan, an open house is being held on Thursday, Feb. 27, from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Las Animas County Courthouse, 200 East First Street in Trinidad.  The public is invited to attend and provide input on how best to enhance the local, regional and human service transportation needs in the south central area of the state.  A formal presentation is scheduled at 5 p.m.

“This will help us develop an integrated transit system that meets the mobility needs of Colorado residents and visitors,” said CDOT Project Manager Tracey MacDonald.  “By gathering public feedback, it’ll give us a picture of what transit services currently exist, what the future transit needs are, what transit gaps currently exist around the state, and an assessment of what funding will be required.”

The Statewide Transit Plan is expected to be completed in summer 2014.  It then will be integrated into CDOT’s Statewide Transportation Plan.

CDOT Finds Benefits and Financial Challenges to High Speed Transit

February 19, 2014 - Statewide Transportation Plan - DENVER – The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) issued two draft reports today summarizing the feasibility of high-speed transit systems in both the Interstate 70 Mountain Corridor and I-25 Front Range Corridor.

Both studies – conducted by CDOT’s Division of Transit and Rail (DTR) and a team of outside experts – confirmed high speed transit is technically feasible in both corridors, but not financially feasible in either corridor at this time.

“It is clear that we currently lack the financial capacity to build either of these projects,” said DTR Director Mark Imhoff.  “However, the studies show that a statewide system could provide many benefits to the businesses, individuals and tourists that depend on our interstates and provide a roadmap for capitalizing on improvements in the local, state and federal financial climates when they happen.”

The studies envision a statewide system with up to 340 miles of high speed transit between Fort Collins and Pueblo and between Denver International Airport (DIA) and Eagle County (see attached graphic). With travel speeds of 90 to 180 mph, the system could save about one-fourth to two-thirds from the time it takes to drive the same trips in optimal travel conditions today. The system is forecast to serve 18 to 19 million passengers a year in 2035 (4 to 6 million in the I-70 Mountain Corridor; 12 to 14 million along the Front Range).

Significant travel time savings are also expected. For example, a trip from C-470/I-70 in Golden to Breckenridge would take just over a half hour and travel to Vail would take 50 minutes. Along the Front Range, traveling from Fort Collins to DIA would take less than 40 minutes, and Colorado Springs to DIA would take less than an hour.

However, the system is expensive. Preliminary capital cost estimates range from $75 million per mile on the Front Range to $105 million per mile in the Mountain Corridor, with an estimated $30 billion price tag for the whole system ($16.5 billion from DIA to Eagle; $13.6 billion from Fort Collins to Pueblo).

Dividing the system into smaller, less-expensive segments that could be implemented in phases also has significant financing challenges. Input from the financial community leads CDOT to believe that a maximum of $1 to $3 billion could be obtained in private financing, leaving a capital-cost gap of billions of dollars. New local, state and federal funds would be needed to cover this shortfall.

A Competitive Colorado
Population along the Front Range is anticipated to increase from four million today to six million by 2040.  During the same time period, population in the I-70 Mountain Corridor is expected to double to 400,000.

In many parts of the world, high speed transit offers a solution to congested highways and congested airports for countless travelers. Many U.S. regions also are upgrading existing commuter rail tracks to high-speed standards or building new high-speed transit systems.

CDOT will not make any commitments at this time, but will weigh the pros and cons with local, regional, and federal partners. The Draft Advanced Guideway System Feasibility Study for the I-70 Mountain Corridor is available at http://www.coloradodot.info/projects/AGSstudy. The Draft Interregional Connectivity Study for the I-25 Front Range corridor is available at http://www.coloradodot.info/projects/ICS.

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CDOT presenting Rail Study Findings to Public

November 13, 2013 - Denver Metro Colorado/CDOT Region 1 - GOLDEN – The Colorado Department of Transportation’s (CDOT) Division of Transit & Rail is holding an open house next week to present recommendations to the public from the Interregional Connectivity Study (ICS).

Next week’s open house is being held at CDOT’s Golden office, 425 C Corporate Circle, on Tuesday, November 19, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.  A presentation and discussion period begins at 5:30 p.m.

Work began on the ICS earlier this year.  It studied the area between Fort Collins and Pueblo, including the Denver and Colorado Springs metropolitan areas. Station locations also were identified.  Additionally, the ICS examined:

  • Multiple types of high speed rail technologies currently used in the U.S., Europe, and Asia
  • A variety of alignments from each section of the study area, investigating impacts, design feasibility, benefits, and technology
  • Funding, including public and private financing options
  • Travel demand and ridership, modeling and simulating potential ridership in the future based on current data trends, taking into account numerous factors including future land use, employment, population, and development

The final ICS report will provide preliminary recommendations. However, those recommendations may or may not be achieved or funded.

CDOT presenting Rail Study Findings to Public

November 13, 2013 - Northeastern Colorado/CDOT Region 2 - COLORADO SPRINGS/PUEBLO – The Colorado Department of Transportation’s (CDOT) Division of Transit & Rail is holding open houses next week to present recommendations to the public from the Interregional Connectivity Study (ICS).

Two open houses are scheduled, both from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.  A presentation and discussion period begins at 5:30 p.m. on the following dates:

November 20
Pike Peak Area Council of Governments
15 South Seventh Street, Colorado Springs

November 21
Pueblo Convention Center, Heroes Pavilion
320 Central Main Street, Pueblo

Work began on the ICS earlier this year.  It studied the area between Fort Collins and Pueblo, including the Denver and Colorado Springs metropolitan areas. Station locations also were identified.  Additionally, the ICS examined:

  • Multiple types of high speed rail technologies currently used in the U.S., Europe, and Asia
  • A variety of alignments from each section of the study area, investigating impacts, design feasibility, benefits, and technology
  • Funding, including public and private financing options
  • Travel demand and ridership, modeling and simulating potential ridership in the future based on current data trends, taking into account numerous factors including future land use, employment, population, and development

The final ICS report will provide preliminary recommendations. However, those recommendations may or may not be achieved or funded.

REMINDER: Public Invited to Open Houses About High Speed Rail Study

June 4, 2013 - UPCOMING OPEN HOUSES - Statewide Transportation Plan - Study evaluates potential rail alignments and ridership estimates along Front Range.

DENVER — The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) Division of Transit & Rail will be hosting two open houses this week as part of an Interregional Connectivity Study (ICS). The study examines technology, alignment, and financial/funding options for implementing high speed rail along the Front Range.

The study has a broad reach, extending from Fort Collins to Pueblo including the Denver and Colorado Springs metropolitan areas, and builds off of past feasibility and technical studies related to high speed rail options across Colorado. The ICS team is coordinating with a another CDOT study team to determine the feasibility of an Advanced Guideway System (AGS) from Denver to Eagle through the I-70 mountain corridor.

Members of the public and the media are invited to attend the second round of public open houses to learn more about this pioneering study and provide input to guide the team’s work to this point. Each of the scheduled open houses will present the same information.

Open houses are scheduled from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Reasonable accommodations will be provided upon request for people with disabilities and for those who require Spanish translation. Please call Tracey MacDonald at 303-757-9753. The open house schedule is as follows:

  • Fort Collins/Windsor Area

o   Wednesday, June 5 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

o   Windsor Recreation Center - 250 North 11th Street, Windsor

  • Denver Metropolitan Area

o   Thursday, June 6 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

o   CDOT Headquarters Auditorium – 4201 E. Arkansas Ave., Denver

CDOT has established a website with more detailed information about the ICS at www.coloradodot.info/projects/ICS. For information about the AGS feasibility study, please visit www.coloradodot.info/projects/AGSstudy.

To receive real-time updates about road conditions in your area, visit www.coloradodot.info and click on the green cell phone icon in the upper right hand corner of the page. Updates are also available via Twitter @coloradodot and be sure to “Like” our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/coloradodot.

Public Invited to Open Houses About High Speed Rail Study

May 23, 2013 - UPCOMING OPEN HOUSES - Statewide Transportation Plan - Study evaluates potential rail alignments and ridership estimates along Front Range.

DENVER — The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) Division of Transit & Rail will be hosting five open houses in the coming weeks as part of an Interregional Connectivity Study (ICS). The study examines technology, alignment, and financial/funding options for implementing high speed rail along the Front Range.

The study has a broad reach, extending from Fort Collins to Pueblo including the Denver and Colorado Springs metropolitan areas, and builds off of past feasibility and technical studies related to high speed rail options across Colorado. The ICS team is coordinating with a another CDOT study team to determine the feasibility of an Advanced Guideway System (AGS) from Denver to Eagle through the I-70 mountain corridor.

Members of the public and the media are invited to attend the second round of public open houses to learn more about this pioneering study and provide input to guide the team’s work to this point. Each of the scheduled open houses will present the same information.

All open houses are scheduled from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Reasonable accommodations will be provided upon request for people with disabilities and for those who require Spanish translation. Please call Tracey MacDonald at 303-757-9753. The open house schedule is as follows:

  • Colorado Springs Area

o   Wednesday, May 29 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

o    Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments – 15 South Seventh Street, Colorado Springs (park in lot at 14 South Chestnut)

  • Pueblo Area

o   Thursday, May 30 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

o   Pueblo Convention Center – 320 Central Main St., Pueblo

  • Fort Collins/Windsor Area

o   Wednesday, June 5 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

o   Windsor Recreation Center - 250 North 11th Street, Windsor

  • Denver Metropolitan Area

o   Thursday, June 6 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

o   CDOT Headquarters Auditorium – 4201 E. Arkansas Ave., Denver

  • Silverthorne (I-70 Mountain Corridor)

o   Tuesday, June 11 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (date is subject to change – meeting confirmation will be forthcoming)

o   Silverthorne Library – 651 Center Circle, Silverthorne

CDOT has established a website with more detailed information about the ICS at www.coloradodot.info/projects/ICS. For information about the AGS feasibility study, please visit www.coloradodot.info/projects/AGSstudy.

To receive real-time updates about road conditions in your area, visit www.coloradodot.info and click on the green cell phone icon in the upper right hand corner of the page. Updates are also available via Twitter @coloradodot and be sure to “Like” our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/coloradodot.


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