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CDOT presenting Rail Study Findings to Public

November 13, 2013 - Northeastern Colorado/CDOT Region 2 - COLORADO SPRINGS/PUEBLO – The Colorado Department of Transportation’s (CDOT) Division of Transit & Rail is holding open houses next week to present recommendations to the public from the Interregional Connectivity Study (ICS).

Two open houses are scheduled, both from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.  A presentation and discussion period begins at 5:30 p.m. on the following dates:

November 20
Pike Peak Area Council of Governments
15 South Seventh Street, Colorado Springs

November 21
Pueblo Convention Center, Heroes Pavilion
320 Central Main Street, Pueblo

Work began on the ICS earlier this year.  It studied the area between Fort Collins and Pueblo, including the Denver and Colorado Springs metropolitan areas. Station locations also were identified.  Additionally, the ICS examined:

  • Multiple types of high speed rail technologies currently used in the U.S., Europe, and Asia
  • A variety of alignments from each section of the study area, investigating impacts, design feasibility, benefits, and technology
  • Funding, including public and private financing options
  • Travel demand and ridership, modeling and simulating potential ridership in the future based on current data trends, taking into account numerous factors including future land use, employment, population, and development

The final ICS report will provide preliminary recommendations. However, those recommendations may or may not be achieved or funded.