Colorado Proposed Front Range Rail

This is not quite a fantasy transit map — there is an actual, official proposal to build intercity rail in the urban corridor at the foot of the Rocky Mountains — but this is not that proposal. That proposal would have high-speed trains either bypass the largest city in the corridor, or serve it by sharing tracks with light rail, at a cost of $10 billion or more. This proposal assumes conventional passenger trains on the Consolidated Main Line through South Metro Denver, which is used by dozens of freight trains daily. Feasible? It seems worthy of study. (By the way, this map also assumes a rerouted Amtrak Southwest Chief.) (Update: The state is now studying conventional rail in the corridor. If this map is correct, trains would serve Boulder — a deviation, but one that could do double duty.)


The map is in the colors of the Colorado state and Denver city flags, with a typeface — Colfax — named for Denver’s historic main street. Station icons are diamonds like those at ski areas (though not black diamonds), and the three snowcapped peaks on the horizon are in roughly the same locations as the three most prominent “fourteeners” on the Front Range: from left to right, Pikes Peak, Mount Evans and Longs Peak.

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