Review materials, past and present, in our resources library.
District Factsheet - Coming Soon!
Summer 2023 Newsletter - Coming Soon!
July 13, 2022
Service Development Plan: Background and Future
August 25, 2022
September 15, 2022
CDOT, in partnership with the Southwest Chief & Front Range Passenger Rail Commission, was awarded $450,000 from the Federal Railroad Administration to evaluate potential Southwest Chief Thru-Car service to Pueblo and Colorado Springs.
The Southwest Chief & Front Range Passenger Rail Commission was awarded $548,000 from the Federal Railroad Administration to complete a Service Development Plan from Pueblo to Fort Collins. Local partners, including CDOT, the Rail Commission, ColoRail, the City and County of Pueblo, and the City of Trinidad, provided $3,377,000 in matching funds.
In March 2023, the FRPR District submitted an application to be included in the FRA’s Corridor Identification and Service Development Program. If accepted into the Program, the District would receive an initial $500,000 in federal funds.
Studies and Reports
Front Range Passenger Rail Alternatives Analysis (2020)
This report documents the history of the Southwest Chief & Front Range Passenger Rail Commission and lays the foundation for the transition to the Front Range Passenger Rail District.
The Southwest Chief & Front Range Passenger Rail Commission and CDOT received a federal grant to study the feasibility of adding passenger rail service between Colorado Springs, Pueblo, and the existing Amtrak Southwest Chief station in La Junta. The Southwest Chief Service Study is an ongoing project to understand a range of potential service options for passenger rail in Southeast Colorado. The options being considered are known as alternatives and will include operational strategies as well as capital investments—or the changes to physical infrastructure—needed to support expanded service. This passenger rail service would offer direct connections—or thru-car service—between the cities of La Junta, Pueblo, and Colorado Springs, connecting these communities with Amtrak’s existing Southwest Chief service, which operates between Chicago and Los Angeles. For more information, view these FAQs.