Amtrak

5:00am

Sat July 12, 2014
Union Station

With A Nod To Days Gone By, Denver's Union Station Ready To Open

Denver's Union Station.
Nathan Heffel KUNC

With the smell of fresh paint still in the air, workers scrambled to put the finishing touches on Denver’s restored Union Station before this weekend’s opening. That’s when the public will get its first look at the revived station and some of its shops and restaurants. A larger grand opening is planned for July 26th.

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7:00am

Tue March 25, 2014
Transportation Policy

Bid To Save The Southwest Chief Winds Through The Statehouse

Amtrak's Southwest Chief makes a stop March 5, 2006. The rails that run through New Mexico into Colorado and Kansas need repair, without it the line could be rerouted through Texas and Oklahoma.
Sheila Thomson Flickr - Creative Commons

Amtrak’s Southwest Chief line runs through the towns of Lamar, La Junta, and Trinidad - part of a longer passenger route stretching from Chicago to L.A. The rails are in need of major repairs and the upgrades are expected to be in the millions.

Part of a multistate effort, a measure is moving through the statehouse to try and find ways to finance the project and save the rail line.

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8:15am

Thu March 13, 2014
Transportation

Railroad West: Southwest Chief Faces Possible Colorado Derailment

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 7:37 am

The Southwest Chief roughly 20 minutes east of Trinidad, Colorado. The Sangre de Cristo Range looms in the distance in this photo from July 2011.

Amtrak’s Southwest Chief is a long distance passenger train that travels daily from Chicago to Los Angeles.  Some riders travel the full route, others use it as their primary transportation between shorter distances.  The train follows the historic Santa Fe Trail, one of the oldest commerce routes in the American West.  Along the way, it passes through Southern Colorado—Lamar, LaJunta, and Trinidad—and then into Raton in Northern New Mexico.  But the rails are aging, and the Southwest Chief could be diverted, bypassing Colorado and Northern New Mexico entirely.

 

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5:45am

Thu February 6, 2014
Transportation

Amtrak Fights Big Oil For Use Of The Rails

Originally published on Thu February 6, 2014 10:03 am

Amtrak trains on the Empire Builder route, which stops in Williston, N.D., have been facing long delays.
Shannon Stapleton Reuters/Landov

Oil business in North Dakota is creating some big headaches for Amtrak travelers. Trains on the popular Empire Builder route between Chicago and the Pacific Northwest are often delayed for hours.

One reason for the congestion is an influx of trains hauling crude oil across the Northern Plains.

The delays are becoming so bad that a passenger group now wants the U.S. transportation secretary to intervene.

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7:44am

Tue November 5, 2013
Transportation

High Speed Rail Study Shows 150 MPH Possibilities

A French TGV high speed train. Similar trains could run along the front range at 150 MPH.
Patrick Janicek Flickr-Creative Commons

High speed rail along the Front Range has long been a pipe dream in Colorado. It’s a dream taking a baby step forward though as the Colorado Department of Transportation held the first of four public meetings Monday on a continuing study exploring the feasibility and public support for a line from Fort Collins south via Denver International Airport to Pueblo.

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