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Aug 20, 2012 12:49 AM by Alyse Rzemek

Cities angry over delays in passenger rail service

DENVER (AP) - Cities north of Denver are angry over the Regional Transportation District's failure to extend passenger rail lines their way.

The Denver Post reports that Boulder, Adams and Broomfield County have contributed $243 million of the approximately $1 billion in tax revenue RTD has collected for the FasTracks passenger rail program since 2005.

While other projects are under way or completed, work hasn't started on the 41-mile Northwest Rail Line. RTD says that line might not be completed until 2044, 24 years later than projected.

RTD blames low tax revenues and higher-than-expected fees to use Burlington Northern Santa Fe freight lines for the northwest service.

Officials in the northern counties say RTD is ignoring them. Some are talking of withholding future tax revenues or forming a separate transit district.

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