Mon November 24, 2014

First RTD Commuter Rail Cars Arrive In Denver

The first of 66 new RTD commuter rail cars arrive in Denver.
Regional Transportation District

The East Commuter Rail Line between Denver's Union Station and the Denver International Airport remains on schedule to open in 2016. The first four commuter cars that will travel the line have arrived in Colorado and are parked at Union Station in preparation for public tours.

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Fri November 21, 2014
Train Noise

For Colorado's Rail Towns Muffling Train Horns Ain't Easy

A BNSF train lumbers southbound on Mason Street in downtown Fort Collins, Colo.
Grace Hood KUNC

Since 2005, the Federal Railroad Administration has required conductors to sound their horns for at least 15 seconds before all public rail crossings. Since then accidents and deaths have decreased 20 percent nationwide.

But with progress comes complaints — lots of them for the city of Fort Collins.

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Tue November 18, 2014
Energy Traffic

Energy Boom Leaves One Tiny Wyoming Town Stuck In The 'Coal Miner 500'

Highway 59 traffic going through Bill, Wyo.
Leigh Paterson Inside Energy

The little town of Bill, Wyoming is certainly not a boom town. It this town of 11, there's a school, a post office, a hotel and a general store. What it lacks in population and size, it's making up for in oil and gas traffic. Bill is situated in the middle of a 115-mile stretch of highway that connects two of Wyoming's biggest boom towns: Douglas and Gillette.

The oil and gas boom in states like Wyoming, North Dakota, Pennsylvania and Texas has not only brought jobs and prosperity but also a dangerous spike in traffic and accidents. According to Wyoming's Department of Transportation, accidents on Highway 59, which runs through Bill, nearly doubled between 2010 and 2013.

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Thu November 13, 2014

With Winter Snow, CDOT Again Tackles The Problem Of I-70

A snowplow sits ready at a CDOT maintance shed outside Gypsum, Colorado.
Nathan Heffel KUNC

As winter arrives in Colorado, a familiar friend came to town with it: winter driving. Traffic between Denver and the Vail Valley is notorious in the cold months, but Colorado's Department of Transportation said they’re ready for another long winter. But is there a permanent solution to the Interstate 70 problem, or are we doomed to more long delays and closures?

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Mon November 3, 2014

Track Maintenance Brings Extra Train Traffic To Fort Collins

A BNSF train runs through Fort Collins, pictured in 2009.
Flickr - Creative Commons

Drivers in Fort Collins and other Front Range communities will find they're more likely to get stuck behind a train during the month of November. Officials with BNSF Railway say empty freight trains will be rerouted because of track maintenance near Sterling in northeastern Colorado.

The increased traffic may mean an additional six to 10 trains a day passing through town on their way to pick up coal in Wyoming.

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