An 18-month study for the Rocky Mountain Rail Authority says the most feasible option would have passengers pay about $40, or an average of about 35 cents a mile, for one-way trips from downtown Denver to Vail on the Interstate 70 corridor or from Denver to Pueblo in the I-25 corridor.
But, Colorado Springs residents who may have wistfully dreamed of sleek passenger trains departing every 30 minutes from downtown’s core may be disappointed.
The proposed route would bypass downtown.
Stops are planned at Woodmen near Powers and at Colorado Springs Airport.
Still, the study went on to say that the economic benefits of such a rail investment are considerable.
“While the costs of implementing high‐speed rail are large,” the study noted, “as would be expected, given the mountainous conditions in the I‐70 corridor ($16 billion to $21 billion for service in both corridors), analysis indicates that investing in high‐speed rail would generate an impressive $33 billion of benefits to Colorado. These benefits are generated by the rapid growth of the state and its need to accommodate a doubling of its population over the next 30‐40 years.”
If built, the recommended system is estimated to carry nearly 35 million passengers annually and generate more than $750 million in revenue by 2035.