Anyone who has tried driving into the mountains to ski on a winter weekend in the last decade — especially after a nice, powdery dump — knows that the gridlock on I-70 can be worse than infuriating.
What would it be like, instead, to drive just to a nearby train station and hop on the rail — hot cocoa in hand — for a quick trip into the mountains? For a cool $15 billion, the Rocky Mountain Rail Authority says that winter daydream can become a reality.
From Monday’s Summit Daily News:
Although most of the work on I-70 has been behind the scenes recently, a group advocating for a rail corridor through the mountains is shifting into higher gear.
The Rocky Mountain Rail Authority held a meeting late last week to discuss its final version of a report that details the cost of building and operating rail lines along the I-70 corridor, as well as a Front Range line, paralleling I-25.
The report includes schematic drawings of the system, including stops at Keystone and Frisco. The study focuses on proven technologies that could be ready for operation by 2020.
According to the draft version of the report, the east-west line from DIA to the Eagle County airport would cost about $15 billion.
Read the full story at SummitDaily.com.