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Front Range Passenger Rail Online Meeting



    Thank you for your participation in our online meeting for the Front Range Passenger Rail (FRPR) Project! We would like to share an update and receive your input on the project’s development. Your feedback is important for moving this project forward.

    This meeting will remain available through the end of July.

    How to navigate this meeting

    Reviewing and providing your input should take no more than 15 minutes to complete. We look forward to receiving your input and continuing to work with you throughout the project.

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    • Please provide feedback where indicated.

    FRPR is part of Colorado's future!

    As COVID-19 continues to create uncertainty and concern in Colorado and the U.S., we need to work together to ensure continuity of project work in a way that protects our collective health and well-being. For that reason, we are utilizing digital engagement tools to continue providing you with project updates and receiving your valuable input.

    A Growing Need for a Transportation Solution

    Plans for a comprehensive passenger rail system serving the Front Range have been under consideration for more than a decade, and as our transportation system has experienced a steady increase in population, the need for FRPR has only grown.

    It is estimated that by the year 2050, an additional 3 million people will be living and commuting along the Front Range.

    Projected Number of Employees along the Front Range in 2045

    Map showing density of workers along Front Range Click on the image to enlarge.

    Projected Number of Households along the Front Range in 2045

    Map showing density of households along Front Range Click on the image to enlarge.

    Our Vision Statement

    Developing passenger rail that serves Front Range communities from Fort Collins to Pueblo is a critical component of Colorado’s future. FRPR will provide a safe, efficient, and reliable transportation option for travel between major population centers and destinations along the Front Range and create a backbone for connecting and expanding rail and transit options in the state and region.

    Map showing Front Range Counties Click on the image to enlarge.

    FRPR as an Important Solution

    Click on each photo below to learn more about how FRPR would help address transportation needs in our region!

    Photograph of traffic on a highway

    Population growth intensifies congestion on major highways, and expanding roadway capacity alone cannot meet transportation demands and travel needs; we can’t build our way out of congestion. The lack of reliable and time-competitive alternatives to single-occupancy vehicle intercity travel creates imbalance in the Front Range transportation network and stresses the region’s economic competitiveness and quality of life.

    Photograph of train station

    New multimodal travel options are needed to increase system capacity, serve regional travel demand, and balance the state’s transportation network Limited mobility choices currently exist to efficiently connect people along the Front Range to jobs, shopping, recreation, health care, leisure, entertainment, and other corridor destinations.

    Images of transportation group logos

    Passenger rail was identified in the State Freight and Passenger Rail Plan (2018) as a “critical component of Colorado’s future multimodal transportation system” and FRPR as the “primary opportunity to advance passenger rail” in the state. The Plan also recognizes the opportunity and need to work with freight railroads, rail operators (RTD, Amtrak), local governments, and private partners to leverage resources, coordinate land use and infrastructure investments, and realize opportunities of new technologies.

    Photograph of neighborhood

    Increasing population growth places more pressure on the state’s congested roadway network to provide reliable and efficient travel options. In the next 25 years (by 2045), there will be 7.8 million Coloradans, a population increase of 47%. Colorado’s population is highly concentrated, with 85 percent of the state’s population living along the Front Range (CDOT, 2019).

    Creating a Tangible Plan

    The Front Range Passenger Rail project is being developed by the Rail Commission, Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), and a consultant team.

    We are currently working to create a tangible plan to bring the Front Range Passenger Rail to life and answer such questions as:

    Icon Where would it go?

    Icon What type of infrastructure and amenities would it include?

    Icon Who would use it and why (what trips will it serve)?

    Icon What would the operating schedule look like?

    Icon How would it integrate with other modes – transit, roads, bike and pedestrian facilities?

    Icon Who would build and operate it?

    Icon How much would it cost and how could we pay for it?

    Want to learn more about the history leading up to this stage of the Front Range Passenger Rail project?

    Visit our project website for more information on previous studies, project development, and more.

    Current Status

    Timeline: Step 1 - Project Initiation and Scoping. Step 2 - Level 1 Evaluation. Step 3 - Level 2 Evaluation. Step 4 - Advance for Federal Approvals. We are currently between Steps 2 and 3 Click on the timeline to enlarge.

    Evaluation Criteria

    In evaluating the possibilities for corridors and operations, the following represent categories helping to guide the development and comparison of alternatives.

    Operational Characteristics

    • Ability to serve 2045 population and employment centers
    • Provide connections with other modes (existing or planned transit)

    Financial and Economic Factors

    • Potential to be cost-effective
    • Opportunities for economic development

    Community and Environmental Considerations

    • Impacts to community resources (i.e business and residential relocation)
    • Impacts to natural resources (i.e watershed, habitats)

    Feasibility and Implementation

    • Constructible
    • Compatible with existing transportation uses
    • Level of Support

    Alternatives Considered

    Hover or tap the dots below to learn more about each Alternative.

    BNSF Rail Corridor

    • From Pueblo to downtown Denver the corridor follows the joint BNSF/Union Pacific lines’ rights-of-way.
    • From downtown Denver, the route follows RTD’s B Line to Westminster. From Westminster, the corridor turns west/northwest, traveling through Louisville, Broomfield, and Boulder.
    • From Boulder, the corridor continues parallel to SH119 northeast to Longmont.
    • From Longmont north to Fort Collins, the BNSF corridor is located west of I-25 and parallel to US287.

    BNSF/RTD N Line Rail Corridor

    • From Pueblo to downtown Denver the corridor follows the joint BNSF/Union Pacific lines’ rights-of-way.
    • At downtown Denver, the corridor follows the planned RTD N Line commuter rail corridor to the future Thornton/SH 7 station.
    • The alignment turns north and parallels I-25 until SH 119 and then along SH 119 into Longmont.
    • From Longmont, the corridor travels north to Fort Collins along the BNSF right-of-way parallel to US 287.

    I-25/E-470 Highway Corridor

    • This corridor begins in Pueblo traveling along I-25 north to the Lincoln Station.
    • The corridor then continues along E-470 around central Denver to the Denver International Airport and north to I-25.
    • The corridor follows I-25 until it reaches Fort Collins corridor.

    I-25 (SE Corridor) RTD Light Rail Retrofit

    • No available right-of-way.
    • Severe community disruption.
    • Interrupt RTD service for 6 years.
    • Requires reconstruction.

    Great Western/Union Pacific Rail Corridor

    • Does not serve 2045 population or employment centers.
    • Does not provide backbone for connections with other modes.
    • Limited public support or benefit as a backbone alignment.


    • Dashed lines reflect an overlap of potential corridors.

    Input Survey

    Please answer a series of questions while reviewing the Alternative Corridors on the map.

    Click on the image to enlarge.

    Stakeholder Coalitions

    In order to appropriately plan for effectively serving such a vast geographic project area, the project team has broken the Front Range into three distinct segments. Local and regional agencies are involved in Corridor and Segment Stakeholder Coalitions.

    Segment Coalitions

    The three segment stakeholder coalitions (North, Central, South) represent diverse stakeholders from local communities in their segments:

    Icon Government Agencies (GOVT)

    Icon Educational Institutions (EDU)

    Icon Major Employers (EMPL)

    Icon Airports (AIRP)

    The primary responsibilities of segment coalition members are to provide input on localized project-related issues and serve as liaisons between the FRPR project and members of their community.

    Corridor Coalition

    The corridor stakeholder coalition is made up of representatives from each segment coalition and combines the community-focused input into cohesive corridor-wide input. The input gained is used to inform the Front Range Passenger Rail project direction and decisions.

    North Segment

    Map showing North Segment Click on the image to enlarge.

    Additional Considerations based on Stakeholder Coalition Input

    • Considerations for smaller towns/communities
    • The need to consider the first and final mile solutions (particularly relevant for smaller communities that have less access to major transit systems)
    • The ability for smaller towns to work with regional hubs
    • Potential for significant economic development
    • I-25 congestion relief

    North Segment Coalition

    • North Front Range Metropolitan Planning Organization
    • Weld County
    • Town of Berthoud
    • Longmont Area
    • Mead
    • Town of Johnstown
    • City of Fort Collins
    • Smart Commute Metro North
    • Greater Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce
    • Larimer County
    • City of Loveland
    • Town of Windsor
    • Colorado State
    • Fort Collins Chamber of Commerce
    • City of Greeley

    Central Segment

    Map showing North Segment Click on the image to enlarge.

    Additional Considerations based on Stakeholder Coalition Input

    • Environmental impact (air quality, carbon emissions, etc.)
    • Economic diversification
    • I-25 congestion relief
    • Station locations
    • Interface with other transportation options

    Central Segment Coalition

    • Downtown Denver Partnership
    • Centennial
    • Denver Metro Chamber
    • City of Longmont
    • Jefferson County
    • drcog
    • University of Colorado
    • Arapahoe County
    • E470
    • Douglas County
    • Adams County
    • DEN Int'l Airport
    • Boulder County
    • Denver South
    • Commuting Solutions
    • Auraria Higher Ed Center
    • NATA
    • Broomfield

    South Segment

    Map showing North Segment Click on the image to enlarge.

    Additional Considerations based on Stakeholder Coalition Input

    • Economic opportunities (e.g., jobs and cost-savings: both for individuals and communities)
    • Recreation opportunities
    • Importance of engaging all military installations in the development of FRPR
    • I-25 congestion relief

    South Segment Coalition

    • Pueblo County
    • Colorado Springs
    • U.S. Air Force Academy
    • CSU Pueblo
    • Colorado Springs Chamber
    • UCCS
    • Fort Carson
    • Downtown Colorado Springs
    • El Paso County
    • Pikes Peak Area Council of Govt's
    • The Greater Pueblo Chamber

    Thank you!

    Your feedback is important for moving this project forward! Thank you for providing your input and staying involved.

    How you can help:

    Your participation doesn’t stop here – please sign up for our mailing list, check our website, and continue to provide your input to your local government officials and through our project team.

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