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Review materials, past and present, in our resources library.

Informational Materials

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2023 Newsletter (August 2023)

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Advocacy Guide (August 2023)

July 13, 2022

Service Development Plan: Background and Future

August 25, 2022

Rail 101

September 15, 2022

Rail 102

Grant Applications

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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.

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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.

Past Studies and Reports

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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. 

  • Legislation
    FRPR District Act (Colorado Senate Bill 21-238)
  • Bylaws and Policies 
    FRPRD Bylaws and Board Policy Manual FRPRD Procurement and Purchasing Policy for Goods and Services
  • Resolutions
    Resolution 22-E001 Public Meeting Disclosure Resolution 22-F001 Recognition of Prior Fiscal Commitments Resolution 23-01 Adopting the 2023 Budget Resolution 23-02 Ratifying Contracts for the Administration of District Start-Up Business Resolution 23-03 Authorizing Director and Employee and Reimbursements Resolution 23-04 Amending the District's Notice Policies Resolution 23-05 Adopting a Colorado Open Records Act Compliance Policy Resolution 23-06 Adopting a Procurement and Purchasing Policy for Goods and Services Resolution 23-07 Joining the Colorado Retirement Association
  • Adopted Budgets
    FRPRD 2023 Final Budget
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Front Range Passenger Rail Alternatives Analysis (2020) 

Southwest Chief Thru-Car Service Study

The Southwest Chief & Front Range Passenger Rail Commission (predecessor organization to the Front Range Passenger Rail District), 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 Thru-Car Service Study is a project to understand a range of potential service options for passenger rail in southwest 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.

Status Update (August 2023)

The Southwest Chief Thru-Car Service Study’s schedule is being adjusted to coordinate with the current FRPR Service Development Plan (SDP). The Southwest Chief Thru-Car Service Study team will pause analysis on the Colorado Springs - Pueblo segment and focus on the Pueblo - La Junta segment in the near term. At the appropriate point in the FRPR SDP, evaluation of a Thru-Car and/or integrated FRPR service option in the Colorado Springs - Pueblo segment will recommence. This revised task sequencing allows for a holistic approach to rail planning in the Colorado Springs - Pueblo segment and avoids two separate efforts to model operations and design infrastructure for two different rail services.

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  • Legislation
    FRPR District Act (Colorado Senate Bill 21-238)
  • Bylaws and Policies 
    FRPRD Bylaws and Board Policy Manual FRPRD Procurement and Purchasing Policy for Goods and Services
  • Resolutions
    Resolution 22-E001 Public Meeting Disclosure Resolution 22-F001 Recognition of Prior Fiscal Commitments Resolution 23-01 Adopting the 2023 Budget Resolution 23-02 Ratifying Contracts for the Administration of District Start-Up Business Resolution 23-03 Authorizing Director and Employee and Reimbursements Resolution 23-04 Amending the District's Notice Policies Resolution 23-05 Adopting a Colorado Open Records Act Compliance Policy Resolution 23-06 Adopting a Procurement and Purchasing Policy for Goods and Services Resolution 23-07 Joining the Colorado Retirement Association
  • Adopted Budgets
    FRPRD 2023 Final Budget

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