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Colorado Freight and Passenger Rail Plan

The 2018 Colorado Freight and Passenger Rail Plan is the most recent comprehensive plan to address freight and passenger rail transportation across the state. The Colorado Freight and Passenger Rail Plan was officially adopted by the Transportation Commission on August 16, 2018. The adopted Plan was submitted to the Federal Railroad Administration which approved the Plan in December 2018. It fulfills the requirements of the Railroad Safety Enhancement Act of 2008, and is an element of the Statewide Transportation Plan.

This plan continues the work and priorities established in the 2012 Colorado Rail Plan and is consistent with plan guidance issued by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). The Plan also helps CDOT and our planning partners better understand the complexities of the rail systems that Colorado businesses, residents, and visitors rely on.

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The 2018 Plan and its Appendices feature the following:

Chapter 1 – The Role of Rail in Statewide Transportation

Chapter 2 – Colorado’s Existing Rail Systems

Chapter 3 – Proposed Passenger Rail Improvements and Investments

Chapter 4 – Proposed Freight Rail Improvements and Investments

Chapter 5 – Rail Service and Investment Program

Chapter 6 – Coordination and Review

Appendices: Freight Railroad Carrier Profiles, Working Group and Committee Presentations, Industry and Public Survey Results

CDOT would like to acknowledge the effort, energy, and engagement of our partners who helped make the 2018 Colorado Freight and Passenger Rail Plan possible. Members representing these organizations provided critical guidance, advice, insight, information, and vision throughout this plan development effort:

  • BNSF Railway
  • Union Pacific Railroad
  • San Luis & Rio Grande Railroad
  • Regional Transportation District
  • Amtrak
  • Colorado Public Utilities Commission
  • University of Denver
  • Denver Regional Council of Governments
  • North Front Range MPO
  • Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments
  • Pueblo Area Council of Governments
  • Colorado Freight Advisory Committee
  • Statewide Transportation Advisory Committee
  • Transit and Rail Advisory Committee
  • I-70 Coalition
  • American Short Line & Regional Railroad Association
  • Colorado Rail Passenger Association
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