Transportation http://krcc.org en 'Whistle-Stop' Tour Travels Along the Southwest Chief Route http://krcc.org/post/whistle-stop-tour-travels-along-southwest-chief-route <p>The President and CEO of Amtrak rode the Southwest Chief line in a separate train through Kansas, Colorado, and New Mexico on a Whistle-stop tour to talk about the future of the route. &nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">KRCC’s</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Dana Cronin was in La Junta and has this report.</span><br />&nbsp;</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 21:33:58 +0000 Dana Cronin 21987 at http://krcc.org 'Whistle-Stop' Tour Travels Along the Southwest Chief Route July 4th Weekend Means Heavy Traffic Throughout Colorado http://krcc.org/post/july-4th-weekend-means-heavy-traffic-throughout-colorado <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Coloradoans</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> are preparing to hit the road for the July </span>4<sup>th</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> holiday weekend.&nbsp;</span>KRCC’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Tucker </span>Hampson<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reports.</span><br />&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Rising gas prices are still 7 cents lower on average than last year, and are expected to have little effect on the number of Colorado residents traveling 50 miles or more for the holiday weekend.&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 17:17:36 +0000 Tucker Hampson 21310 at http://krcc.org July 4th Weekend Means Heavy Traffic Throughout Colorado Hickenlooper Signs Southwest Chief Commission Bill http://krcc.org/post/hickenlooper-signs-southwest-chief-commission-bill <p><br />Governor John Hickenlooper signed a bill in Pueblo today to create a commission aimed at keeping Amtrak’s Southwest Chief rolling through southern Colorado. KRCC's Shanna Lewis reports from Pueblo.<br />&nbsp;</p><p><br /><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The train follows the historic Santa Fe Trail through Kansas, Colorado and New Mexico as it travels between Chicago and Los Angeles. But it could be rerouted unless some $200 million in repairs are made to the tracks.<br /><br />Rail travel supporters gathered behind Pueblo’s Union Depot to watch the governor sign the bill.</span></p> Thu, 15 May 2014 00:40:44 +0000 Shanna Lewis 19080 at http://krcc.org Hickenlooper Signs Southwest Chief Commission Bill Visible Smoke, Fire Possible During Emergency Exercise at Colorado Springs Airport http://krcc.org/post/visible-smoke-fire-possible-during-emergency-exercise-colorado-springs-airport <p>Colorado Springs residents may see smoke, fire, and emergency personnel just south of the city’s airport Thursday morning.<br />&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s an exercise from the Colorado Springs Office of Emergency Management and will simulate an airplane crash and hospital patient in-processing. Emergency Management Coordinator Erin Duran says 140 service members from Fort Carson and Peterson Air Force Base will even act as crash victims, complete with stage makeup.</span></p> Thu, 08 May 2014 00:20:11 +0000 Elaina Formby 18774 at http://krcc.org Visible Smoke, Fire Possible During Emergency Exercise at Colorado Springs Airport Railroad West: Threat of Losing the Chief Could Mean the Return of Passenger Rail to Pueblo http://krcc.org/post/railroad-west-threat-losing-chief-could-mean-return-passenger-rail-pueblo <p><br /><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Amtrak’s Southwest Chief rolls through parts of Colorado, New Mexico and Kansas following the historic Santa Fe Trail as it travels between Los Angeles and Chicago. But unless needed repairs are made to the tracks, this section could be rerouted to neighboring states. Yet, the threat of losing this train may be the catalyst that ends up bringing passenger rail service back to Pueblo after a long hiatus.</span></p><p></p> Tue, 06 May 2014 13:33:00 +0000 Shanna Lewis 18672 at http://krcc.org Railroad West: Threat of Losing the Chief Could Mean the Return of Passenger Rail to Pueblo Southwest Chief Advocates Seek Federal Grant http://krcc.org/post/southwest-chief-advocates-seek-federal-grant <p>A new collaborative effort that crosses state lines has pledged more than $9 million as part of a grant application that would help keep Amtrak’s Southwest Chief on its current route through Southern Colorado.&nbsp; KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin reports.<br />&nbsp;</p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 21:22:56 +0000 Andrea Chalfin 18453 at http://krcc.org Southwest Chief Advocates Seek Federal Grant Railroad West: In Trinidad, Freight and Passenger Rail are Linked http://krcc.org/post/railroad-west-trinidad-freight-and-passenger-rail-are-linked <p>Trinidad is the last stop on Amtrak’s Los Angeles-bound Southwest Chief before the train makes its way through Raton Pass and into New Mexico. The route is at risk though, and could be eliminated from Colorado and Northern New Mexico entirely.&nbsp;&nbsp; As KRCC’s Maggie Spencer reports, many in the southern Colorado region see the passenger train and freight lines as inextricably linked, tying together the town’s history with the opportunities for future economic development.<br />&nbsp;</p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 13:30:00 +0000 Maggie Spencer 18306 at http://krcc.org Railroad West: In Trinidad, Freight and Passenger Rail are Linked Railroad West: La Junta as 'The Junction' http://krcc.org/post/railroad-west-la-junta-junction <p><br />La Junta, Colorado is about the 30<sup>th</sup> stop en route to Los Angeles from Chicago on Amtrak’s Southwest Chief. As the Southwest Chief’s rails are aging and expensive repairs are needed, La Junta is at risk of being removed from the train’s historic route.<br />&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Downtown La Junta is sprinkled with cafes and small artisan shops. There’s the Otero Museum, which documents the history of the region, and the Koshare Indian Museum, which hosts native dance programs. Bent’s Old Fort is just eight miles from downtown.</span></p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:35:00 +0000 Martha Perez-Sanz 17806 at http://krcc.org Railroad West: La Junta as 'The Junction' Railroad West: New Mexico's Legislative Perspective http://krcc.org/post/railroad-west-new-mexicos-legislative-perspective <p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 13:33:00 +0000 Andrea Chalfin 17427 at http://krcc.org Railroad West: New Mexico's Legislative Perspective County Groups Conduct Transportation Survey http://krcc.org/post/county-groups-conduct-transportation-survey <p><br />As the state examines how best to allocate transportation funding across Colorado, county-based regional advocacy groups, including southern Colorado’s Action 22, &nbsp;are conducting a transportation survey. KRCC’s Elaina Formby reports.<br />&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The rise of hybrid and eco-boost vehicles has led to fewer gas station fill-ups and a marked decrease in gas tax revenue. Action 22 President and CEO Cathy Garcia says this decrease contributes to a growing divide between urban and rural parts of the state.</span></p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 16:58:10 +0000 Elaina Formby 17393 at http://krcc.org County Groups Conduct Transportation Survey Railroad West: Colorado Lawmakers Weigh In on the Southwest Chief http://krcc.org/post/railroad-west-colorado-lawmakers-weigh-southwest-chief <p><br />Colorado’s Amtrak rail line in southeastern Colorado is in need of major repairs. Upgrades to the track are expected to be in the millions, and a measure is moving through the statehouse to try and find ways to finance the project and save the rail line.&nbsp; It’s part of a multi-state effort.<br />&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>The Southwest Chief line runs through the towns of Lamar, La Junta, and Trinidad. It’s part of a longer passenger route stretching from Chicago to Los Angeles.</p><p></p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 02:12:25 +0000 Bente Birkeland 16576 at http://krcc.org Railroad West: Colorado Lawmakers Weigh In on the Southwest Chief Cell Phone Driving Ban Defeated http://krcc.org/post/cell-phone-driving-ban-defeated <p>A bill to ban talking on cell phones while driving failed in the House Transportation Committee on Wednesday. Two Democrats joined Republicans in defeating the measure.<br />&nbsp;</p><p><br /><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The hearing was emotional at times and lawmakers were brought to tears after Shelly </span>Forney<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> from Fort Collins testified about her 9 year old daughter Erica’s death. Erica was biking near her home when a woman talking on her cell phone hit her with her car.</span></p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 16:12:47 +0000 Bente Birkeland 16233 at http://krcc.org Cell Phone Driving Ban Defeated Railroad West: Southwest Chief Faces Possible Colorado Derailment http://krcc.org/post/railroad-west-southwest-chief-faces-possible-colorado-derailment <p>Amtrak’s Southwest Chief is a long distance passenger train that travels daily from Chicago to Los Angeles.&nbsp; Some riders travel the full route, others use it as their primary transportation between shorter distances.&nbsp; The train follows the historic Santa Fe Trail, one of the oldest commerce routes in the American West.&nbsp; Along the way, it passes through Southern Colorado—Lamar, LaJunta, and Trinidad—and then into Raton in Northern New Mexico.&nbsp; But the rails are aging, and the Southwest Chief could be diverted, bypassing Colorado and Northern New Mexico entirely. Thu, 13 Mar 2014 13:33:00 +0000 Maggie Spencer & Martha Perez-Sanz 16211 at http://krcc.org Railroad West: Southwest Chief Faces Possible Colorado Derailment Debating US Hwy 36 and a Public-Private Partnership http://krcc.org/post/debating-us-hwy-36-and-public-private-partnership <p>Colorado is embarking into uncharted territory as the Department of Transportation creates its first public private partnership along U.S. Highway 36. CDOT officials say they don’t have the money to repair and maintain all the state’s roads and bridges and this agreement is necessary. But as Bente Birkeland reports, several lawmakers have serious concerns and want to slow down the project.<br />&nbsp;</p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 17:14:29 +0000 Bente Birkeland 15036 at http://krcc.org Debating US Hwy 36 and a Public-Private Partnership Study: Economic Impact of Amtrak in Southern Colorado http://krcc.org/post/study-economic-impact-amtrak-southern-colorado <p><br /><strong>Revised, 04/24/14</strong>: &nbsp;New out-of-state visitor numbers supplied to study co-author Kevin Duncan after this report aired lowers the estimated annual impact to around $3.4 million annually. &nbsp;Duncan writes that it's "about $34 million over ten years. The additional cost of providing service to Pueblo is estimated to be between $26 and $30 million."</p><p><strong>Original report:</strong></p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 21:07:51 +0000 Andrea Chalfin & Rachel Gonchar 14854 at http://krcc.org Study: Economic Impact of Amtrak in Southern Colorado Impacts of Winter Weather on I-25 Construction http://krcc.org/post/impacts-winter-weather-i-25-construction <p></p><p>CDOT’s <a href="http://www.coloradodot.info/projects/southi25expansion/" target="_blank">I-25 expansion project</a> is working to add a 3rd lane in each direction between Colorado Springs and Monument by the end of the year.&nbsp; As KRCC’s Maggie Spencer reports, the recent winter weather is slowing progress.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The department planned to complete construction on the section between Woodmen Road and Interquest Parkway by Thanksgiving. CDOT spokesman Bob Wilson says much of the necessary work to do so is not possible during wet and cold conditions.</p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 14:28:17 +0000 Maggie Spencer 11875 at http://krcc.org Impacts of Winter Weather on I-25 Construction High Speed Rail Meetings in Pueblo, Colorado Springs http://krcc.org/post/high-speed-rail-meetings-pueblo-colorado-springs <p></p><p>Residents of Pueblo and Colorado Springs get to weigh in on a high speed rail study that looks at transportation from Pueblo to Fort Collins via the Denver International Airport. &nbsp;KRCC’s Martha Perez-Sanz has more.</p><p></p><p><a href="http://www.coloradodot.info/projects/ICS" target="_blank">The study</a> looked at existing high speed rail technologies and various impacts and feasibility issues. It comes from the Colorado Department of Transportation’s Division of Transit and Rail.</p><p></p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 14:34:04 +0000 Martha Perez-Sanz 11644 at http://krcc.org High Speed Rail Meetings in Pueblo, Colorado Springs Hwy 24 Traffic Stops Continue Tuesday http://krcc.org/post/hwy-24-traffic-stops-continue-tuesday <p></p><p></p><p>Traffic stops along Highway 24 continue today as the Colorado Department of Transportation works to stabilize slope lines. KRCC’s Maggie Spencer has more on the rock slide mitigation efforts.&nbsp;</p><p><br /></p><p>Traffic will be stopped both eastbound and as crews conduct a rock-scaling project near Cave of the Winds.&nbsp;CDOT spokeswoman Amy Ford says crews are removing loose rock from the slope of the canyon on the north side of the highway.</p> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 15:50:01 +0000 Maggie Spencer 10643 at http://krcc.org Hwy 24 Traffic Stops Continue Tuesday Airports Contribute $36.7 Billion Annually Statewide http://krcc.org/post/airports-contribute-367-billion-annually-statewide <p>A new study details the economic impact of regional airports on the state.&nbsp; KRCC&rsquo;s Kate Dunn reports.</p><p><a href="http://www.coloradodot.info/programs/aeronautics/Economic%20Impact%20Study" target="_blank">The study</a> comes from the Colorado Department of Transportation&rsquo;s Aeronautics Division. &nbsp;It shows while payroll and economic output continue to rise, the total number of jobs has fallen below 2003 levels.</p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 23:56:43 +0000 Kate Dunn 9855 at http://krcc.org Airports Contribute $36.7 Billion Annually Statewide Expansion Plans for I-25 in Pueblo http://krcc.org/post/expansion-plans-i-25-pueblo <p></p><p>A seven-mile section of I-25 through Pueblo is slated for improvements starting this spring. It&rsquo;s the first part of a two-phase project called the New Pueblo Freeway. Some 165 people attended a recent public hearing for the project hosted by the Colorado Department of Transportation. KRCC&#39;s Shanna Lewis was there and has this report.</p> Mon, 07 Oct 2013 01:51:29 +0000 Shanna Lewis 9649 at http://krcc.org Expansion Plans for I-25 in Pueblo Public Hearing in Pueblo for I-25 Expansion http://krcc.org/post/public-hearing-pueblo-i-25-expansion <p></p><p>Pueblo residents are invited to a public hearing tonight&nbsp;about some upcoming planned improvements on Interstate 25. &nbsp;KRCC’s Eliza Densmore reports.</p><p></p><p>The Colorado Department of Transportation along with the Federal Highway Administration are hosting the meeting which consists of an information session and an opportunity to ask questions and weigh in on the projects.</p><p>Planned improvements include fixing deteriorating roadways, widening the highway between 29<sup>th</sup> and Indiana Avenue, and adding shoulders.</p> Thu, 03 Oct 2013 13:06:00 +0000 Eliza Densmore 9489 at http://krcc.org Public Hearing in Pueblo for I-25 Expansion Road Repairs From Flooding Could Top Half A Billion Dollars http://krcc.org/post/road-repairs-flooding-could-top-half-billion-dollars <span style="line-height: 1.5;">As the remaining flood survivors continue to be airlifted out of towns cut off by flooding, the focus is beginning to shift to recovery. Specifically on the very reason they have to be airlifted: roads.</span><p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 14:15:42 +0000 Luke Runyon 8743 at http://krcc.org Road Repairs From Flooding Could Top Half A Billion Dollars CDOT: Portion of Manitou Ave. Remains Closed http://krcc.org/post/cdot-portion-manitou-ave-remains-closed <p></p><p><strong>Update, 7:00 PM Monday: </strong>CDOT has reopened<strong>&nbsp;</strong>Manitou Avenue to traffic at the U.S. 24 interchange.&nbsp; In addition, the ramps from U.S. 24 to Manitou Avenue&nbsp;are open. The culvert has been cleared of debris, and CDOT&nbsp;will continue to monitor it.</p> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 13:49:46 +0000 Andrea Chalfin 8676 at http://krcc.org CDOT: Portion of Manitou Ave. Remains Closed Flash Flood Warnings Close Highway 24 http://krcc.org/post/flash-flood-warnings-close-highway-24 <p>The Colorado Department of Transportation has instituted new policies for Highway 24 as related to Flash Flood Warnings. When the National Weather Service issues a warning, or rain gages indicate more than a quarter inch of rain in the Waldo Canyon burn zone, CDOT and the Colorado State Patrol plan to close the route. &nbsp;The highway will then remain closed until the warning is lifted, any debris is removed, and the road is deemed safe for travel. &nbsp;In addition, CDOT will actively patrol the highway between Manitou Springs and Cascade at all times through October 1. Fri, 23 Aug 2013 00:27:49 +0000 Andrea Chalfin 7561 at http://krcc.org Flash Flood Warnings Close Highway 24 Road Damage Prompts Closure of a Section of Manitou Ave http://krcc.org/post/road-damage-prompts-closure-section-manitou-ave <p>Recent flooding has prompted the Colorado Department of Transportation to close Manitou Avenue (Highway 24 - Business) at the west end of town between Serpentine Drive and Highway 24.&nbsp; Friday’s flood washed out two road segments, both about 30-40 feet long, and around 200-300 feet apart, making it unsafe for travel.&nbsp; Engineers estimate repairs could take 2-3 months and cost around $1.5 million.&nbsp; CDOT is seeking emergency funds from the Federal Highway Administration and is working on getting contracting in place so repairs can begin as soon as possible.&nbsp; The total closed Tue, 13 Aug 2013 19:37:19 +0000 Andrea Chalfin 7101 at http://krcc.org Road Damage Prompts Closure of a Section of Manitou Ave