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Colorado Interregional Connectivity Study


Colorado Department of Transportation

Colorado Interregional Connectivity Study

Cost Estimate: $2.5 million


The planning document being developed will provide preliminary recommendations for high-speed and intercity passenger rail alignments, technologies, and station locations in the Denver metropolitan region that will maximize ridership. This study is primarily focused on the future high-speed rail connections with the Regional Transportation District’s FasTracks transit program as well as determining optimal locations for a north/south alignment from Fort Collins to Pueblo and an east/west alignment from Denver International Airport to Eagle County Regional Airport.


CDOT’s planning project will enable the state and RTD to develop recommendations for rail service and connections with the regional transit lines being developed in metro Denver. It also will allow CDOT’s Division of Transit and Rail to recommend a more efficient and effective approach that will integrate proposed passenger rail elements into the larger multimodal and intermodal network.


Completion of the study is estimated in April 2013.

“The Colorado Interregional Connectivity Study will build upon the State Freight and Passenger Rail Plan to evaluate and identify a high-speed-rail network for the Front Range and in the I-70 Mountain Corridor. The plan will identify the best ‘connectivity’ points with the Denver RTD FasTracks system, and linkages to Denver International Airport.”

– Mark Imhoff, director, CDOT Division of Transit & Rail


“Passenger rail provides the readily available solution to our highway congestion. It provides great economic benefits at home and reduces massive environmental impacts. It is time Colorado recognizes the benefits from passenger rail rather than exporting our local cash overseas through gas payments and international insurance firms.”

-          Jim Souby, president, Colorado Rail Passenger Association    

Additional Info:
Link to Project
Statewide Rail Plan

Contact: Mark Imhoff , director of transit and rail, Colorado Department of Transportation, 303-757-9007,