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Newly introduced bill pushes for full steam ahead on Front Range railway

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) - After years of discussion, a new bill introduced in the state senate would fund the creation of a passenger train from Cheyenne to Pueblo.

Last year the state determined a front range train system linking major Colorado cities is a realistic idea.

State Senate President Leroy Garcia says it's now perfect timing to get things started, as the Biden administration rolls out a $2 trillion infrastructure package. But the funding Colorado could get for a passenger train along I-25 likely won't cover everything.

SB238 would appoint a board to hammer out the details, and ask voters to raise sales tax in areas where the train would stop by up to nearly a penny on the dollar to help pay for the system.

Garcia thinks it'll be worth it.

"Coloradans see it as an option for connectivity, to alleviate a lot of the congestion that exists," he said.

Garcia said it would also reduce car emissions and create jobs.

"You look at Europe and the options that they have, and other places, for rail transportation, there's no reason why we couldn't have this is Colorado," he added.

But skeptics say the state has bigger priorities for transportation funding like roadwork on I-70.

With the bill just being introduced, there's still a long way to go. Garcia told KRDO, if it passes, the Front Range Railway could be ready for passengers between five to ten years from now.

The bill's first committee reading has not yet been scheduled.

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Julia Donovan

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9 Comments

  1. What about fixing the roads for the rest of Colorado and not just the demoncratic front range?

  2. This train will be like Amtrak, federally (taxpayer) subsidized every year since conception. The taxpayer will never be able to stop funding this.

  3. “raise sales tax in areas where the train would stop by up to nearly a penny on the dollar”

    Do not want.

  4. What a brain dead and stupid idea. This train will be no different than the light rail in Denver. There will be one or two people riding it why the majority of Coloradan’s pay for it. What a colossal waste of money.

  5. The marxist democrats of ColoFornia always think people will support just one more penny of tax on the dollar and another and another and another…..
    This is how they destroy the middle class and add people to the government dependent ranks of the poor all while enriching a few who will profit from their financial scams.
    Thank God we have TABOR or we would really be screwed and swe till may be screwed with all the libtards coming here who like and vote for more taxes.
    With all the infratructure problems and the high cost of living in ColoFornia money is needed for more important issues and not be syphoned off to a few who profit from marxist demomocrat scams.

  6. Amtrak received roughly $1.8 billion in federal grants in 2019. In its annual report, however, the company does not consider these subsidies revenue. These funds are part of the $8.1 billion sum that the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act of 2015, allocated for Amtrak to use between 2016 and 2020. Amtrak LOST $29.8 million in 2019. This is a government managed program that cost taxpayers more than $100 billion in its first 49 years of existence. My point is polis and biden always talk about jobs…jobs… but they never tell the true story of how the taxpayers are forced every year to pay for money pits like Amtrak. How is polis’ train any different? It will still be subsidized by US! Moreover, if all the Leftest are concerned about green energy then how do they explain Amtrak awarding a recent contract with a German conglomerate, $850 million contract to build 75 new passenger DIESEL Tier 4 locomotives?

  7. So impractical. You’ve got to get to the station and then have some sort of connection, perhaps many, when you get to your destination. Then if you hit any stop 5 minutes late you are waiting Total commute time will at least double. These people have it bad enough with commute time. There would be no reason for me to ever use it

  8. Then what is your solution? We cannot build and maintain enough highway miles to support the explosive growth in CO. The expansion of I25 in the “GAP” is a perfect example. Even with 3 lanes it’s already undersized. We need a transportation solution that quickly scales to demand. All I hear is a lot of bitching, and no proposal for a solution.

  9. Last feasibility study they did that I have seen said the payback would be 40 years. Then by that time the whole trains and cars will have to or have been replaced adding more long term cost. So the conclusion of the study is that it could never be self sustaining and will always need taxpayer subsidies to operate.
    In short……. Money pit

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