THE PROJECT

Vision - Developing passenger rail that serves Front Range communities from Fort Collins to Pueblo is a critical component of Colorado’s future. FRPR will provide a safe, efficient, and reliable transportation option for travel between major population centers and destinations along the Front Range and create a backbone for connecting and expanding rail and transit options in the state and region.

 

The project would provide sustainable and reliable travel options to meet the growing needs of the state, supporting multiple transportation, economic, and environmental goals.


The Front Range Passenger Rail team is committed to a transparent and fully collaborative approach with the public, interest groups, and local jurisdictions. This effort is aimed at moving Front Range Passenger Rail from vision to implementation in support of sustainable, alternative mobility options for the growing Front Range.

How did we get here?

Plans for a comprehensive passenger rail system serving the Front Range have been under consideration for more than a decade. In 2017, the Southwest Chief and Front Range Passenger Rail Commission (Rail Commission) was established and tasked with facilitating development and operation of a passenger rail service along the Front Range. In 2018, the Colorado General Assembly provided funding for the Rail Commission to hire staff and retain a consultant team to lead this task. The Rail Commission is now working with the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), to advance this phase of the Front Range Passenger Rail project.

What's happening now?

The Rail Commission will create an implementation strategy for the Front Range Passenger Rail. This effort will build on past studies to determine what course of action will best support making passenger rail on the Front Range a reality. The process for advancing project implementation will include: Pre-National Environmental Policy Act (Pre-NEPA), service development planning, robust stakeholder engagement, and policy and governing structure discussions.

WHAT WILL BE THE RESULTS OF THE CURRENT STAGE OF WORK?

ELEMENTS OF THIS STAGE

Project elements include:

  • Service Development Plan options 

  • Pre-National Environmental Policy Act (Pre-NEPA) planning

  • Policy and governing structure 

  • Extensive public and stakeholder engagement