Front Range rail

In a survey last year, 61% of Coloradans said they would support a sales tax increase to fund a commuter rail line stretching from Pueblo to Fort Collins.

Money is tight in Colorado right now, but the state highway department is trying to keep alive Gov. Jared Polis' long-term plan for Front Range commuter rail by asking the public for input.

The state is considering a long-range plan for passenger rail service along a 173-mile line from Fort Collins to Pueblo, though the timeline for completion will be far longer than the current COVID-19 problems crushing the state and nation's economy.

The Colorado Department of Transportation launched a website Monday to collect input through the end of July.

You can weigh in at

Those who log on can share their thoughts on how they might use the service, as well as issue of speed and the number of stops. The website also offers information about design options and potential routes.

The Southwest Chief and Front Range Passenger Rail Commission, the Colorado Department of Transportation and a team of consultants are still working on the plan.

"Once the team evaluates service needs and wants, it can move on to more specific environmental and engineering planning," CDOT explained in a press release Tuesday. "At a later point, with a better understanding of costs, funding streams could be identified for the project."

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Colorado Politics senior political reporter

Joey Bunch is the senior correspondent and deputy managing editor of Colorado Politics. His 32-year career includes the last 16 in Colorado. He was part of the Denver Post team that won the Pulitzer Prize in 2013 and he is a two-time finalist.

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