Colorado Commission Votes To Recommend Front Range Route

DENVER (AP) — The Colorado commission working on a Front Range passenger railway has voted to recommend a route that includes a shared corridor northwest from Denver over two other potential routes through the metro area.

The vote on Friday also signed off on a proposed coordination agreement with the Regional Transportation District and the Colorado Department of Transportation.

The Regional Transportation District's board is expected to vote on the agreement in June, the Denver Post reported.

Both the larger Front Range regional rail plan and the Regional Transportation District's oft-delayed and underfunded $1.5 billion extension of its B-Line commuter rail to Boulder County are years from happening.

But both the commission and RTD see promise in making use of an existing BNSF Railway freight rail corridor, whether they build new tracks or negotiate use of existing ones.

“The theory here is that Front Range rail and RTD, potentially, could be sharing trackage from Denver to Boulder,” said Sal Pace, the commission’s vice chair and a former lawmaker from Pueblo.