ColoRail, a non-profit advocacy group with the goal of preserving & expanding passenger rail in Colorado, hosts its Spring Meeting on Saturday, May 12th.  The session offers coffee at 8am, with the official meeting starting at 9am and concluding at noon. The meeting takes place at The Guilde, located in Englewood, Colorado, adjacent to Denver RTD light rail. This writer has been a ColoRail member since 2016.

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A major focus of the session will be discussing potential Amtrak plans to curtail its long-distance passenger train service. Two long-distance routes, the Southwest Chief, and the California Zephyr, enter and exit Colorado. The Southwest Chief crosses the south-east corner of the state, with station stops in Lamar, La Junta, and Trinidad, on its way from Chicago to Los Angeles. The California Zephyr, travelling between Chicago and the San Francisco Bay, is world-famous for its Rocky Mountain route from Denver to the state of Utah. The Zephyr’s westward Colorado stops are Fort Morgan, Denver, Fraser-Winter Park, Granby, Glenwood Springs, and Grand Junction.

Additionally, in conjunction with Winter Park Resort, Amtrak has operated its Winter Park Express train the last two winters, transporting skiers, snowboarders & recreationalists to the resort’s slopes some 67 miles west of Denver.

In some breaking – and positive – news, the Colorado state legislature has now appropriated $2.5 million for the Southwest Chief and Front Range Passenger Rail Commission to begin work facilitating passenger rail along the “Front Range”, the corridor of communities on the eastern face of the Rockies stretching from Cheyenne, Wyoming to Pueblo, Colorado. The commission’s efforts will involve extensive public outreach and planning. Here is one proposed map for the Front Range rail corridor:

Front Range Map

For further information about passenger rail advocacy in the Mile High State, visit the link COLORAIL .

(Copyright – Chad Beharriell)

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