Mark Imhoff - Colorado DOT

Report
Colorado Department of
Transportation
Division of Transit and Rail
SCORT PRESENTATION
CURRENT PASSENGER RAIL INITIATIVES
MARCH 15, 2011
MARK IMHOFF, DIVISION DIRECTOR
Division of Transit and Rail (DTR)
 New Division established in 2011 through
Senate Bill 09-094,with Passenger & Freight
Rail Section; Senate Bill 09-108: Funding
Advancement for Surface Transportation and
Economic Recovery (FASTER)
 Annual Operating budget of approximately
$15M
 Current Passenger Rail initiatives
State Freight and Passenger Rail Plan
 Colorado Interregional Connectivity Study
 I-70 Mountain Corridor Advanced Guideway System
Feasibility Study

State of Colorado Passenger Rail Initiatives
State Freight and Passenger Rail Plan
 Initiated in February
2011
 Funded through FRA
grant
 Total study value-$800K
FRA portion-$400k
DTR portion-$400k
 Status: Completed peer
review of best rail
practices, beginning
inventory of existing rail
services
Challenges:
 Incorporating into LongTerm vision,
 funding for
implementation,
 effective stakeholder
coordination,
 timing concurrent with
other studies.
Colorado Interregional Connectivity Study

Anticipated to begin in Summer
2011

Partially funded through FRA
HSIPR Track 3 grant

Total study value-$2.0M
FRA portion-$1.0 M/DTR portion$1.0M

Purpose: Analyze High Speed Rail
alignments and stations along
east-west and north-south to
interface with proposed FasTracks
system to maximize ridership

Status: FRA reviewing Scope of
Work (pending approval)
Colorado Interregional Connectivity Study
Challenges:
 Obtaining accurate ridership, not competing
with FasTracks.
 Finding suitable technology for east-west
Corridor.
 Obligation of funds, and funding for
implementation.
I-70 Mountain Corridor Advanced
Guideway System (AGS) Study
 Anticipated to begin in
Summer 2011
 Locally Funded through DTR
FASTER Grant
 Total study value-$2.3M
 Purpose: Identify
alternatives(alignments,
technologies and stations) to
implement an High Speed Rail
(AGS) system along I-70
Mountain Corridor
 Status: Draft scope under
internal review, Formation of
Project Advisory team under
way
I-70 Mountain Corridor Advanced Guideway
System (AGS) Study
Challenges:
 Finding suitable technology for east-west
Corridor (grades, curvature, terrain,
weather).
 Meeting criteria outlined in previous study.
 Coordinating with Connectivity Study.
 Phasing of Feasibility Study.
 Funding for implementation.
Challenges
General
 New Division
 Climate of stop studying and
build!
 Timing and Interface of Current
Rail Studies
 Geography, sparsely spaced
population centers (lacking
continuous density)
 Attracting funding for
implementation in current
economic climate
State Rail Freight and Passenger
Study
Incorporating into Long-Term
vision.
 Funding for implementation.
 Effective stakeholder coordination,
 Timing concurrent with other
studies.

Colorado Interregional Connectivity
Study
 Obtaining accurate ridership, not
competing with FasTracks
 Finding suitable technology for
east-west corridor
 Obligation of funds and funding for
implementation
I-70 Mountain Corridor Advanced
Guideway System Feasibility Study
 Finding suitable technology for




east-west Corridor (grades,
curvature, terrain, weather).
Meeting criteria outlined in
previous study.
Coordinating with Connectivity
Study.
Phasing of Feasibility Study.
Funding for implementation

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