Passenger Rail Station Location Study

Planning Phase

About the Project

Mountain Metropolitan Transit and our partners are studying options to locate a passenger rail station in Colorado Springs. Mountain Metro’s Passenger Rail Station Location Study is advancing in response to two parallel efforts:

Amtrak Southwest Chief Thru-Car Alternatives Analysis Engineering Services 

The Amtrak Southwest Chief Thru-Car Alternatives Analysis Engineering Services effort is being led by The Southwest Chief and Front Range Passenger Rail Commission in partnership with the Colorado Department of Transportation. This study is examining opportunities to develop passenger rail service between Colorado Springs, Pueblo and the existing Amtrak Southwest Chief station at La Junta.

Front Range Passenger Rail

The Front Range Passenger Rail effort is being led by The Southwest Chief and Front Range Passenger Rail Commission. The Commission is working to advance the development of passenger rail that serves Front Range communities from Fort Collins to Pueblo.

These two efforts have the potential to re-introduce passenger rail to Colorado Springs that has not operated since the late 1960’s. While the timeframes for these projects are still being determined, the City of Colorado Springs wants to ensure that the community is prepared should passenger rail service become a reality.

The goal of the Passenger Rail Station Location Study is to identify the optimum location for a station to provide the best access and highest benefits to the residents of the City and the Pikes Peak region.

Guidance Committee

The project team has established a Guidance Committee to provide feedback throughout the project. Invited stakeholders of the Guidance Committee include a representative range of community leaders, local/regional governments, and other mobility/community advocacy groups.

Stakeholder Guidance Committee Meetings

Guidance Committee Roster

First Name 

Last Name 

Organization 

Ryan 

Phipps 

City of Colorado Springs 

Peter 

Wysocki 

City of Colorado Springs 

Ryan 

Tefertiller 

City of Colorado Springs 

Kate  

Brady 

City of Colorado Springs 

Gayle 

Sturdivant 

City of Colorado Springs 

David 

Singer 

CDOT

Jeff 

Dawson 

CDOT

Lisa 

Streisfeld 

CDOT

Scott 

Lee 

City of Colorado Springs 

Todd 

Frisbie 

City of Colorado Springs 

Spencer 

Dodge 

Southwest Chief and Front Passenger Rail Commission

Jill 

Gaebler 

Front Range Passenger Rail District

John 

Graham 

Front Range Passenger Rail District

Steve 

Posey 

City of Colorado Springs 

Karen 

Palus 

City of Colorado Springs 

Bob  

Cope 

City of Colorado Springs 

Amy 

Kelley 

US Air Force Academy 

Steven 

Westbay 

US Air Force Academy 

Victoria  

Chavez 

El Paso County 

Paul 

Spotts 

The Independence Center 

Anne 

Beer 

Peak Vista Community Health Centers 

Chelsea 

Gondeck 

Downtown Partnership of Colorado Springs 

Christy 

Long 

Visit Colorado Springs  

Janet  

Brugger 

The Colorado Springs Black Chamber of Commerce 

Jeff 

Peterson 

YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region 

Jen  

Furda 

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs 

Kimberly 

Reeves 

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs 

Jody 

Barker 

Pikes Peak Area Agency on Aging (PPAAA) 

John 

Liosatos 

Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments (PPACG) 

Sara 

Vaas 

Council of Neighbors and Organizations 

Jeff 

Finn 

Norwood Development Group 

Scott 

Barnhart 

Citizen Transportation Advisory Board (CTAB) 

Jim 

Godfrey 

Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority (PPRTA) 

Jon 

Mason 

US Olympic Training Center 

Jariah 

Walker 

Colorado Springs Urban Renewal Authority 

Kristine 

Andrews 

COS Airport 

Cindy 

Aubrey 

Pikes Peak United Way 

Devin 

Camacho 

Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC 

Community Engagement Opportunities

COS Passenger Rail Station Location Engagement Summary

Thank you for your continued engagement and interest in the City of Colorado Springs’ Passenger Rail Station Location Study. During the second engagement milestone, the feedback survey received about 700 responses from the public. While there is still future work to be done regarding station design and community integration, this study provided a ranking of viable station locations (see ranking below).

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Figure 1: Pie chart of responses to the survey question: "Do you generally agree with the site ranking as they have been presented?”

Figure 1: Pie chart of responses to the survey question: "Do you generally agree with the site ranking as they have been presented?”

  1. America the Beautiful Park
  2. Depot East
  3. Drake East
  4. Drake West
  5. Depot West
  6. Nevada/Tejon

All six sites are feasible; however, factors like timing and availability will influence which location presents itself as the best option. Feedback collected from the survey demonstrates public support for the top ranked locations with a total of 68% in agreement or strong agreement. The public also expressed their excitement for a station location that was in proximity to existing transit options and that offered multimodalIncluding more than one mode of transportation. For example, a facility that accommodates lanes for motorized vehicles, bike lanes, sidewalks, and transit stops. access, thus supporting their desire to use the station and future passenger rail service for both commuting and leisure travel.

As the study comes to a close, the project team is in the process of developing a final conceptual plan for the top ranked station site. Please continue to check the website for the published plan and the final report, expected in the fall of 2022 and any new information on the next steps.   

Public Engagement Presentation #2

This recorded presentation is the second of the project’s major stakeholder engagement milestones. The presentation provides an overview of the project to date, the evaluation criteria, station location evaluations, and the recommended rank order of passenger rail station locations.  

COS Passenger Rail Station Location Study Public Engagement Presentation #2

Survey

Public feedback is essential in helping to guide the future of the Passenger Rail Station Location Study. 

This presentation and online questionnaire were live from Monday, August 8 until Friday, August 19.

This survey is now closed.

Public Engagemenent Presentation #1

This presentation is the first of the project’s two major stakeholder engagement milestones. This presentation provides an overview of the project, the historical context for passenger rail service, station considerations, and findings from the project team’s initial round of evaluation.

Passenger Rail Station Location Study

Survey

As the project continues, it is important to incorporate public feedback as it will help guide the Passenger Rail Station Location Study.

This presentation and online questionnaire were live from Monday, May 9 until Monday, May 16.

Feedback is now closed.

Additional Engagement Opportunities

At key milestones throughout the project we will be asking for more input to guide the project’s progress.

Please check this page regularly for updates on community meetings and events.

 


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