(April 17) – The House gave voice-vote approval today to a bill to envision Front Range rail service in Colorado’s future.
SB17-153, sponsored in the House by Rep. Daneya Esgar, D-Pueblo, replaces the existing Southwest Chief Commission, which is set to expire this July, with an expanded Southwest Chief and Front Range Passenger Rail Commission. The new commission would continue the current commission’s mission of continuing Amtrak service through Colorado while also assessing the prospects for passenger rail up and down the Front Range.
“Many people would love to be able to access passenger rail,” Rep. Esgar said. “As an economic development and transportation resource, public interest in Front Range rail is overwhelming. The commission will give us the opportunity to see if we can make Front Range rail work. We can get this done if we continue to work together.”
After a recorded vote, SB17-153 will go back to the Senate for consideration of House amendments.