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Colorado receives federal funds for Front Range passenger rail study

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WASHINGTON (KRDO) -- The U.S. Department of Transportation announced Wednesday that Colorado will receive nearly $2.5 million for rail infrastructures and safety improvement.

The federal funds include money for a study examining the possibility of a 180-mile intercity passenger rail corridor between Pueblo and Fort Collins, Colorado.

The U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said Colorado is one of 29 states selected to receive federal dollars for a variety of projects that focus on improving the safety and efficiency of freight and intercity passenger service.

The state can use up to $548,000 of the grant to do a preliminary service plan and simulation modeling study for the Front Range passenger train project.

Talks of a passenger rail from Fort Collins down to Pueblo were first announced in late June by the Colorado Department of Transportation.

The rest of the funding ($1,945,019) is reserved for the replacement of the Animas River Bridge. The money would help build a replacement railroad bridge over the Animas River, approximately 15 feet upstream of the existing structure.

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  1. This will be the third study of its kind in the last 15 years. Last two came back and said it was not feasible and that it would be to expensive for the anticipated use. Last one had something crazy like a 85 year return on investment/break even point.

    1. Was going to say the same thing. Want to bet that whomever is hired and paid with this money is friends with, and of the same political party, as the person who requested the funds?

  2. Rail is a waste of money. Like the light rail in Denver, the taxpayers will have to subsidize it just to keep it running for the handful of people that would use it.

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