Governor Jared Polis spoke at the event, heralding the federal partnership and the eventual development of the intercity rail system as a way to give Front Range residents and workers access to more transportation options. The average Coloradan spends $1,800 per year on gas and the costs associated with commuting, Polis said – costs intercity rail may help alleviate in the future.
FRA Administrator Amit Bose, CDOT Executive Director Shoshana Lew, and Colorado Springs Mayor Yemi Mobolade also spoke at the event. In describing how Front Range Passenger Rail has received the support of a broad coalition of people in his city, Mayor Mobolade said, “There’s a hunger for connectivity. There’s a thirst for transportation options.” The passenger rail project will connect world-class amenities and serve people traveling for both business and recreation.
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