Governor Hickenlooper signs the Southwest Chief & Front Range Passenger Rail Commission Bill at a Pueblo Ceremony Monday afternoon. Photo by Debbie Wagner
The first season of the Winter Park Express was a big success. ColoRail leaders traveled on the last trip on March 26. They honored Gary DeFrange, the outgoing CEO of Winter Park ski resort with a custom train host parka, poster and letter of thanks.
Gary, a ColoRail member, played a crucial role in getting the train going. Amtrak has committed to continuing the WPE in 2018. ColoRail coordinated the train host program and presented passengers with a special postcard and pen on the return trips March 25th and 26th.
Jack Wheeler presented these slides, with excellent commentary, at ColoRail’s December, 2016 meeting. Rail: Beyond Transportation
ColoRail President Jim Souby presented these slides — Colorail Perspectives — at our December, 2016 meeting. His central message: The idea of Front Range passenger rail has become politically viable and it’s time to start planning it at the state level.
8:00 AM LV. 17th & Wewatta Sts, near RTD Wewatta St. RTD Entrance Bus Pavilion
8:20-8:30 LV. RTD Mineral Light Rail Station, Santa Fe Dr. and Mineral Ave.
Santa Fe to I-25, then follow RR tracks via Palmer Lake, return to I-25
Stop at trolley museum in Colorado Springs (Fillmore Exit.) 30-45 minutes
Stop at Colorado Springs train station briefly (future front range stop?)
11:30-11:45 AR. I-25 to Pueblo Union Depot on B St. in Pueblo
4:30 – 5:00 LV. for return to both pick up stops.
ColoRail will hold to its $30 round-trip bus fare from three years ago.
Please email me ASAP if you would like to join us – firstname.lastname@example.org. All Aboard Pueblo!
Bob Brewster ColoRail Trip Coordinator