Mar 302010
 
Authors: Collegian Editorial Board

The future of Colorado’s mass-transit system looks bright.

An 18-month study for the Rocky Mountain Rail Authority released this week says that a high-speed rail is feasible in Colorado.

To this, we say, finally. A mass-transportation system in this state is long overdue.
Colorado’s looking to gain two routes. One would link Fort Collins in the north, through Denver and Colorado Springs and on to Pueblo in the south.

The other railway would run from Denver International Airport to the Eagle County Airport west of Vail, giving riders quick, easy access to the ski resorts.

The report estimated that the one-way trip from DIA to Vail would cost $40 and take two hours; a one-way trip from DIA to Colorado Springs would cost $32 and take an hour and a one-way trip from DIA to Fort Collins would cost $30 and take an hour.

The proposed project price tag is $21.1 billion, if built today. And funded by private and public funds, officials said it could likely be operated without the use of public subsidies.

A project funded partially by the Feds and partially by the people? Not a bad deal. Especially since the railway stands to cut down on the number of people driving, time spent driving and money spent on gas.

Other major cities –– New York and Chicago –– have successfully operated mass-transit systems since the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

It’s high time that Colorado, and especially a city the size of Denver, invests in a mass-transportation system for the sake of efficiency and driver safety and convenience.
Just think. It’s possible you won’t have to drag your dummy along on rides to Denver just to use the HOV lanes.

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