8:48 am, Mar 29, 2010
Earlier this month, I-70 shut down in both directions near Glenwood Springs after massive rocks, including a boulder as big as a truck, crashed onto the highway, making it unsafe. It was days before the highway reopened, and weeks later I-70 remains open only on one lane in each direction in areas where crews are working on repairs.... MORE
10:32 am, Mar 2, 2010
In a letter to the Vail Daily, Mary J. Linke puts forth one of the most articulate calls for leaders to intervene and do something about the insane five-hour return drives along I-70 into Denver, which stem from the metered, or controlled, traffic at the Eisenhower/Johnson tunnel. Now, she and hundreds of thousands of skiers and snowboarders... MORE
12:44 pm, Jan 6, 2010
"Forget the difficulty of finding the money to get FasTracks built," writes Kevin Flynn at Inside Lane. "RTD's bigger problem now is finding the money to be able to operate the rapid transit expansion after its planned 2017 completion."
The prognosis comes from officials who point out that although the cost of building FasTracks has decreased by... MORE
10:43 am, Dec 28, 2009
By now, thousands of skiers should have enjoyed cozy rides to Winter Park ski resort on the historic "Ski Train," which was recently saved from going out of business. Now, Amtrak has stalled---or stopped---the train again, writes The Denver Post, which dubs Amtrak a "killjoy."
When the Rio Grande Scenic ski train didn't leave Union Station for... MORE
10:56 am, Dec 18, 2009
Those sleek, WiFi-wired buses that travel between Colorado Springs and Denver are in trouble. As the Colorado Springs Gazette notes, the FrontRange Express, or FREX, was "tossed a lifesaver Thursday after nearly drowning in the flood of city budget cuts."
The Colorado Department of Transportation's State Transportation Commission unanimously... MORE
10:10 am, Dec 3, 2009
There was just enough snow yesterday to make the morning commute a "giant mess," as Fox 31 reported. Contributing to the problem: 20 percent of Denver's roadways are considered congested. But that's not as bad as it sounds---comparatively speaking.
Of 30 U.S. metro areas, the Mile High City is among the least congested, according to a report by... MORE
9:58 am, Nov 30, 2009
If you live in the north metro-Denver area, chances are that you won't benefit from the Regional Transportation District's FasTracks rail program---unless RTD makes drastic changes to approaching the project, according to a new report (via The Denver Post).
The report by BBC Research & Consulting, which was prepared for the North Area... MORE
11:03 am, Oct 13, 2009
In 2004, voters approved a 0.4 percent metro-area sales tax to complete the ambitious FasTracks commuter-rail expansion. The entire price tag for a comprehensive rail system, voters were told, would be $4.7 billion.
Now, five years later, estimated construction costs have soared---and at a time when sales-tax collections are sagging. The Regional... MORE
9:22 am, Oct 2, 2009
The Colorado Department of Transportation has lost $114.7 million, which would have helped build roads and fund bridge projects.
That represents a quarter of the transportation funding the state would get from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and is "absolutely devastating to our highway program" says Tony Milo, president of the... MORE
10:20 am, Sep 8, 2009
The Federal Railroad Administration has already identified 10 high-speed rail corridors throughout the United States, and that means the feds are planning to spend tens of billions of dollars on projects on the East and West coasts. But in the mountainous West, including Denver, it's possible that not one of those trains would pass through.
11:05 am, Aug 25, 2009
In April, after 69 years, the Ski Train that traveled from Denver's Union Station to Winter Park was purchased from the Anschutz Co. for an undisclosed amount by a subsidiary of the Canadian National Railway Co. The train never seemed to be a money-maker, but a new group may step in with a new business plan this season.
According to a recent... MORE
8:59 am, Jul 10, 2009
Yesterday Governor Bill Ritter said Colorado will join New Mexico and Texas in a plan that will create a high-speed rail line alongside I-25 between Denver and El Paso, Texas, linking the region's major cities.
It would be a coup, especially since Colorado was ignored when the Obama administration issued a preliminary list of 10 national rail... MORE
7:55 am, Jul 6, 2009
Just days after it was reported that Denver International Airport was planning to construct a rail station, dreams of turning the Front Range into a rail haven are turning into a nightmare. As outgoing Regional Transportation District General Manager Cal Marsella tells The Denver Post of the extensive FasTracks plan--first approved by voters in... MORE
9:43 am, May 29, 2009
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, the guy who also oversees the Forest Service, issued a directive yesterday reinstating a ban, which prohibits road building and logging on more than 58 million acres of remote wild land, that dates to the Clinton administration.
That's according toÂ The Associated Press, which reports that the directive,... MORE
9:29 am, May 5, 2009
Elwood Bakken of Bozeman, Montana, grinds the deep bowl at Clement Skatepark early today. This photo in memory of Al Kiang.View larger image. MORE