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CDOT commissions $1.8 mil high speed rail study

(AP) — The Colorado Department of Transportation has commissioned a $1.8 million study to examine the feasibility of a high speed train to the mountains, which early estimates predict would cost $20 billion.

Dan Gibbs, a commissioner in Summit County that would be benefit from the project, tells KCNC-TV (http://cbsloc.al/uFJMTK ) that the study will begin early next year.

Details about when CDOT approved the study were not immediately available. Spokeswoman Stacey Stegman did not immediately return a message Friday.

An environmental impact statement released in March on ways to ease congestion on the Interstate 70 corridor in the mountains suggested studying high speed rail.

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Voters in 2001 overwhelmingly rejected a ballot initiative to spend $50 million to test technology to build a $4 billion to $5 billion monorail to the mountains.

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