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Aug 21, 2012 7:37 PM by Matt Stafford

High speed rail line study has neighbors nervous

The Colorado Department of Transportation is working on a study of putting a high speed rail line from Fort Collins to Pueblo, as well as another line heading into the mountains from Denver.

However, one of the proposed paths is making neighbors in Black Forest nervous.

This rail line is only in the study phase.

The idea is for the line to connect communities along the Front Range, but we've seen different paths that this study is looking into. One is along the interstate and the existing rail corridor, the other is called the Greenfield Alignment and it takes a path that's farther east.

A lot of people in Black Forest aren't happy about it about the Greenfield Alignment because it cuts through the middle of the forest. They're signing a petition and forming a group against that proposal.

"The Black Forest alignment is not the path of least resistance. It is not the spot where you're going to pickup the most ridership; that, of course, is the I-25 corridor," says Jim Egan, a Black Forest resident helping to collect the signatures.

"We've collected about 300-plus signatures so far just to show the concern and interest that the Black Forest residents have to elected officials and C-DOT itself," says Egan.

News 5 spoke with C-DOT over the phone; they say they don't have a preference on one route over the other right now. They're still trying to gather opinions.

C-DOT officials have agreed to sit down with us and talk in more detail on the project. Check for updates at KOAA.com.

For more on the group of Black Forest residents against the Greenfield Alignment, click here.

For more on C-DOT's Interregional Connectivity Study on the rail line, click here.

 

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