Hear about high-speed rail on Wednesday and Thursday


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Do you dream of high-speed rail between Fort Collins and Pueblo? Or do you laugh at those who allow themselves to do so?

Either way, you may want to see what's happening in the real world — on Wednesday in Colorado Springs, or Thursday in Pueblo.


Study evaluates potential rail alignments and ridership estimates along Front Range

DENVER — The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) Division of Transit & Rail will be hosting two open houses in southern Colorado this week as part of an Interregional Connectivity Study (ICS). The study examines technology, alignment, and financial/funding options for implementing high speed rail along the Front Range.

The study has a broad reach, extending from Fort Collins to Pueblo including the Denver and Colorado Springs metropolitan areas, and builds off of past feasibility and technical studies related to high speed rail options across Colorado. The ICS team is coordinating with a another CDOT study team to determine the feasibility of an Advanced Guideway System (AGS) from Denver to Eagle through the I-70 mountain corridor.

Members of the public and the media are invited to attend the second round of public open houses to learn more about this pioneering study and provide input to guide the team’s work to this point. Each of the scheduled open houses will present the same information, and is scheduled from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Reasonable accommodations will be provided upon request for people with disabilities and for those who require Spanish translation. Please call Tracey MacDonald at 303-757-9753. The two southern Colorado open houses are scheduled as follows:

· Colorado Springs Area

o Wednesday, May 29 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

o Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments — 15 South Seventh Street, Colorado Springs (park in lot at 14 South Chestnut)

· Pueblo Area

o Thursday, May 30 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

o Pueblo Convention Center — 320 Central Main St., Pueblo

CDOT has established a website with more detailed information about the ICS at www.coloradodot.info/projects/ICS. For information about the AGS feasibility study, please visit www.coloradodot.info/projects/AGSstudy.

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