Colorado gets federal funding to study rail passenger service in the Front Range

Front Range passenger rail sees some light - way off in the distance (copy)


While Oklahoma and Kansas are focused on a study to extend Amtrak’s Heartland Flyer from Oklahoma City north to Newton, Kansas, in Colorado, the focus is on a call to create rail passenger service in the eastern part of the state—the Front Range.

In fact, the proposal is called the Front Range Passenger Rail District and it could cost any where from $6 billion to $12 billion. However, the project was recently accepted into President Biden’s nationwide rail network plan. It earned a $500,000 grant from the Federal Railroad Administration’s Corridor Identification and Development program to carry out a study.

It is also the same Corridor program that funded the study for extension of the Heartland Flyer.

“The Biden Administration’s recognition of Colorado as part of the corridor identification and development program is a very important step to turn all of this hard work and planning and vision into front range rail that’s convenient, low cost and fast from Fort Collins to Pueblo for our residents and for visitors to improve the quality of life in our state,” said Gov. Jared Polis, reported the Denver Gazette.

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