Saturday, May 7, 2011

Boulder County leaders mull possible FasTracks delay until 2042

Seven years after Boulder County voters approved a sales tax that promised to connect them to Denver via passenger train, residents are still paying -- 4 cents on every $10 purchase -- but the train may not chug into stations in Louisville, Boulder, Gunbarrel and Longmont for another three decades.
When the Regional Transportation District asked voters to support its FasTracks vision in 2004, backers promised that 119 miles of new rail would be built through nine corridors in the Denver-metro area by 2017, including the Northwest Rail Corridor, which would connect Denver's Union Station to Longmont via Westminster, Broomfield, Louisville and Boulder.
But an increase in construction costs and a decrease in sales tax revenues have left RTD $6.7 billion short of what it needs to complete the system in a time frame that's even close to the original promise. Continued

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