Originally published on Mon August 11, 2014 3:02 pm
Amtrak’s Southwest Chief is a long-distance passenger train that travels daily from Chicago to Los Angeles along the Mountain Route of the historic Santa Fe Trail. Along the way, it knits together rural communities, like La Junta, Colorado and Raton, New Mexico and connects them to larger cities, like Albuquerque and Kansas City. The route is at risk though.
CDOT said the purpose of the meeting is to get feedback on how to improve local and regional transit. The information from the meeting will be included in the department’s statewide transit plan, according to CDOT.
One of agency’s newer programs, set to launch early next year, is a bus service to connect the Front Range to the Western Slope.
In January a massive landslide closed Highway 550 through Red Mountain Pass for a month while crews cleared debris.
That stretch of Colorado’s Million Dollar Highway connects the city of Ouray to the town of Silverton. Construction on the highway resumed in April to repair damage and place chain covers over the areas most susceptible to rock movement.
Last week, Ouray declared a state of economic emergency as a result of the natural disaster.
Update January 27: Technical climbing crews were on hand at the side of recent rockslides along Red Mountain Pass/US 550, installing wire cable netting to stabilize boulders that continue to plague the road below.
The alternate route south toward Durango, Cortez and beyond is SH 62 to SH 145 through Telluride, and US 160.The Colorado Department of Transportation says that work will continue through at least Tuesday, and there's still no estimated time for when the road could re-open.