Front Range commuter train gaining support |

Front Range commuter train gaining support

GOLDEN – A door of opportunity has opened for a Front Range commuter train, Sen. Ken Salazar told a group of railway supporters Saturday, but he said it won’t be there for long.Salazar spoke at the Front Range Commuter Rail Conference at the Jefferson City Fairgrounds, where about 50 people gathered to discuss the ideas and challenges of building a railway system that would run from Fort Collins to Pueblo and eventually connect Cheyenne, Wyo., to Albuquerque, N.M.”It’s time to make this vision – that is so unique in its opportunity – a reality for this state,” said Salazar, D-Colo.Support for such a project is increasing, he said, because of FasTracks, the $4.7 billion rail project in metro Denver that voters overwhelming supported in November’s election. “It ushered in a whole new era of support for moving people in alternative ways,” he said after his speech.A commuter rail system is a complex and expensive project that generally takes about four to six years to complete, said Gene Skoropowski, general manager for Capitol Corridor, which runs a rail system between Sacramento, Calif., and Oakland, Calif.The project will give commuters an alternative to the congested Interstate 25 corridor.

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