ColoRail to Meet February 17th

Agenda February 2018

The Colorado Rail Passenger Association (ColoRail) will meet in Denver, Saturday morning, February 17th at the Kimpton Hotel Born adjacent to the Denver Union Station platforms.  Agenda topics include the LA Metro’s expansion program, State funding for rail and transit and Advanced Locomotives using fuel cells.  The meeting will close with a memorial celebration for ColoRail leader Ira Schreiber who passed away recently.  The meeting will start with a breakfast buffet at 8 am and conclude at noon.  Donations of $15 are requested to help defray meeting costs.  The Born Hotel is located at 1600 Wewatta Street and the meeting will take place in the Copper Ballroom.

Several ColoRail members will be down by 7 am to send off the Winter Park Express, Please join us to see one of our primary goals in action!  ColoRail board member Jack Wheeler will be the lead host for the run and Brad Swartzwelter will manage the train.

New Rail Commission Meets in Denver

The SW Chief & Front Range Passenger Rail Commission held its organizational meeting July 31st. Pueblo County Commissioner Sal Pace was elected as Chair, and the Denver Regional Council of Government’s Jacob Riger as Vice-Chair. The Commission formed two committees representing the legislatively directed mission: sustaining and improving SW Chief service in Colorado; and, facilitating the development of Front Range passenger rail. The next meeting will be announced shortly.

Three immediate objectives were adopted by the 13 member Commission. Develop draft legislation for the General Assembly by December 1, 2017; adopt a charter to guide its operations: and, prepare an application for federal funding under the TIGER Grant program (Transportation Infrastructure Generating Economic Recovery) administered by the US Dept. of Transportation. The Charter will outline additional objectives once approved.

SW Chief & Front Range Passenger Rail Commission Formed

The Southwest Chief & Front Range Passenger Rail Commission members have been named.  The Commission will hold its first meeting at Colorado Department of Transportation headquarters July 31st from 2 until 4 pm.  CDOT is located at 4201 East Arkansas Avenue.

The members, and the interests they represent, are:

Salvatore Pace, Pueblo (D)
public rail transportation advocate

Sara Rae Thompson Cassidy, Edgewater (U)
Class I freight railroads that serve Colorado

James Martin Souby, Denver (U)
public rail transportation advocate

Peter James Rickershauser, Denver (U)
Class I freight railroads that serve Colorado

Richard Guy Klein, La Junta (D)
resident of Huerfano, Las Animas, Otero, Prowers or Pueblo counties

Jill Gaebler, Colorado Springs
Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments

Jacob Riger, AICP
Denver Regional Council of Governments,

Terry Sears, Trinidad
South Central Council of Governments

Terry Hart, Pueblo
Pueblo Area Council of Governments

Bill Van Meter, Asst. GM
Regional Transportation District

Mark Imhoff, Denver
Dept. of Transportation, ex-officio, non voting

Ray Lang, Sr. Dir., Govt. Affairs
Amtrak, ex officio, non voting