Interregional Connectivity Study (ICS)
What is the ICS?
The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) Division of Transit & Rail and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) recently kicked off the Interregional Connectivity Study (ICS), which will examine:
The study has a broad reach, extending from Fort Collins to Pueblo including the Denver and Colorado Springs metropolitan areas. It will last 18 months and is anticipated to be complete by September 2013.
ICS Will Build on Past Studies
The ICS builds on past studies and will try to understand the potential relationships of a high speed rail system with the Regional Transportation District’s (RTD) transit system in the Denver metro area.
ICS is utilizing many of the past Colorado high speed rail studies as a starting point, including the:
The ICS takes these studies to the next level by identifying potential paths for high speed rail through the metropolitan areas, to connect to Denver International Airport (DIA), identify station locations, and determine the best interface with RTD in the Denver metro area.
CDOT is also leading the Advanced Guideway System (AGS) Feasibility Study to examine high speed transit options from Denver to Eagle through the I-70 Mountain Corridor. The ICS and AGS studies are working together to ensure maximum coordination on all study elements and are dependent on one another to plan for a comprehensive future system.
When the ICS is finished, the final report will provide preliminary recommendations. However, it is important to point out that just because the study may result with recommendations, it does not mean that they will necessarily be acted on or that they will be funded.
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