Rail study clears Senate

Mar 1, 2017

Congestion along I-25 is one of the reasons legislators are looking at the feasibility of creating a Front Range passenger rail line.
Credit JOHN SUTHERS STATE OF THE CITY 2016 / COLORADO SPRINGS

A proposal to study whether passenger rail is viable along the Front Range cleared the State Senate on Thursday. It now heads to the House. 

Senate Bill 153 would consider a Front Range rail and extending the existing Amtrak southwest chief line in southern Colorado. Supporters say it would help rural communities and connect urban parts of the state to outlying areas. It’s also part of a larger discussion happening this legislative session on ways to ease traffic congestion along the Interstate 25 corridor and plan for population increases. It passed easily, but many worry whether it would be financially feasible in the long run, depending on how much money the state would have to contribute.