CDOT commissions $1.8 mil high speed rail study |

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 ( ) 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.

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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