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Bus in guideway not suitable for Interstate 70 corridor

Jo Ann Sorensen, Clear Creek County commissioner

The bus in a guideway proposed by the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is not at all suitable for Interstate 70. 

It is technology invented in Germany in 1980.  It was constructed in Essen, where it proved to be unsatisfactory because snow would accumulate in the guideway. It would turn to slush. The slush would freeze. The system would have to shut down until the guideway could be cleared by manpower using shovels.  

It was next constructed in the city of Adelaide, Australia – a city that doesn’t experience winter. Twelve kilometers were constructed in a flat city. The maximum speed the buses have been able to achieve is 60 mph. 

I haven’t been able to figure out why CDOT thinks this is a suitable technology for the mountains. County Commissioner Gary Lindstrom was 100 percent correct when he said we don’t need old technology as the solution for this problem.

Thanks for paying attention to this issue. It’s critical to the future of all of the mountain corridor communities.

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