Future rail line no longer making tracks for Black Forest

September 18, 2012

The Black Forest area is no longer under consideration for a future high speed rail line along the Front Range, the Colorado Department of Transportation said Tuesday.

The department said opposition from the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments (PPACG) and the Black Forest community led to the decision. As a result, a public meeting at the Pinery on Sept. 25, which had been scheduled by the El Paso County Public Services Department in coordination with the Black Forest Transportation Committee, has been canceled.

In an open letter to the Black Forest community, David Krutsinger, project manager for the feasibility study indicated that a revised non-freight rail corridor alignment would be identified for further study. Krutsinger wrote, “CDOT will engage Pikes Peak area residents and elected officials in developing and considering ideas for a new alignment.”

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