ColoRail Passenger newsletter gets new editor

Our paper newsletter, the ColoRail Passenger has a new editor, Chris Spitzer. He takes over from Robert Rynerson, who served as ColoRail’s editor since Issue #1 in August 1988 when what was labeled “an ad hoc group” was formed to fight City/developer plans to evict rail service from Denver Union Station. Originally, the newsletter — typewritten on an electric typewriter — had no name. The eventual name was suggested by member Ron Vander Kooi.

Rynerson previously edited the Alberta, Canada rail advocates’ newsletter. His articles and photographs have been published in six countries and in a variety of media formats. He plans to continue writing and editing his history website: www.berlin1969.com.

Chris Spitzer

new editor Chris Spitzer

B-Line is attracting riders

by Bob Brewster

RTD’s B-Line commuter rail one-stop service to Westminster from Denver Union Station is reportedly counting between 1500 and 2000 boardings per day. Weekends, especially during special events and ballgames, are scoring especially well.

Even better news is that these riders are apparently not being pilfered from the Flatiron Flyer Westminster station some distance away. Can we assume these passengers are new to transit? Wasn’t that the professed allure of rail when voters approved FasTracks 13 years ago? ColoRail wonders how many riders will be attracted to the B-Line when it reaches Boulder and Longmont. Stay tuned and attend the ColoRail meeting in Boulder on September 23

ColoRail would like to see all-day half hour service rather than the current mid-day and evening hourly headways. How many more passengers might that attract?

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

Cheyenne Depot Days trip May 20

INTERMOUNTAIN CHAPTER – NRHS
and
COLORADO RAIL PASSENGER ASSOCIATION — COLORAIL

…..Invite you to join us for a charter bus trip to Cheyenne Depot Days on Saturday, May 20, 2017. The trip will offer transportation from two locations in the Denver area to Cheyenne, where shuttles connect the 3 activity sites: Cheyenne Depot Museum, Union Pacific Shop Complex, and the Sherman Hill Model Railroad Club swap meet. And there may even be some railroad activity in the area……bring your cameras.

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE !

Including Big Boy 4014 restoration, Challenger 3985, UP 844 (displayed outside), and a host of other Union Pacific equipment. Model railroad enthusiasts will enjoy the swap meet as well as the Depot model RR layout.

The Arrow Stage Lines motor coach will leave RTD’s I-25 & Broadway park and ride at 9:00 AM and RTD’s Wagon Road (120th & I-25) park and ride about 9:15 AM. Return trip will leave Cheyenne at 4:00 PM, arriving in Denver area between 5:30 and 6:00 PM.

The fare for sponsoring organization members is $29, which includes event admission wristband. Non-members fare is $39 (including wristband) with complimentary memberships in both organizations through the end of 2017, permitting membership rates for future excursions this year.

Payment is by check only, made payable to INTERMOUNTAIN CHAPTER – NRHS. Please mail to:

INTERMOUNTAIN CHAPTER – NRHS
c/o COLORAIL
PO Box 9613
Denver, CO 80209

PLEASE INCLUDE: names of passengers, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses. And please email trip chairperson when you mail your check so we can keep track of the passenger count. This trip is expected to sell out due to the coming availability to all of our local rail-oriented organizations. The sponsoring groups get first pick so don’t delay! You snooze, you lose! And please list which sponsoring group(s) in which you hold membership(s). All payments must be received by May 13, 2017!

Please email your reservation to Bob Brewster at railbob@q.com Reservation confirmation upon receipt of check.

The bus is a great way to avoid traffic and parking hassles since there will be another major event in Cheyenne on May 20.

So please join your rail friends for our spring excursion to Cheyenne, where rail history abounds and where ColoRail hopes passenger rail will return to this beautiful station.

Older people need transportation choices

A mid-December USA Today article calls attention to the needs of seniors for more transportation choices. Many people will outlive their ability to drive: “…the physical and sensory skills necessary to drive well tend to decline with age, and suggests seniors ask themselves whether they still like driving after dark if their night vision has worsened or driving on the freeway if their reaction time has slowed.”

It is an important reason that America needs to broaden its options for getting around from the heavy, almost-exclusive reliance on private automobiles.

Easter Seals and the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging are launching the National Aging and Disability Transportation Center to help professionals who help aging people with transportation options. See: Easter Seals press release and National Association of Area Agencies on Aging