THE PROJECT

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.

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