Rail Corridor for Colorado Department of Transportation

MG Rebel supported the Colorado Eastern Corridor project, one of the State’s 28 Strategic Transportation Projects.

IMG Rebel assessed the potential for an Eastern Rail Corridor in Colorado
Our staff worked with a planning team to assess the opportunities of developing a new rail corridor in eastern Colorado. This corridor would improve service for the agriculture and resource industries in Colorado and neighboring states. As one of Colorado’s 28 Strategic Transportation Projects, the corridor’s reconstruction was of primary importance due to its current and future use as a major truck route, its connection to Mexico, and the potential to attract and serve markets associated with NAFTA and international trade.

The “Plains to Ports” program
The contemplated Eastern Rail Corridor was designed to be part of the “Plains to Ports” program. This program was a joint effort between four state Departments of Transportation (DOTs) consisting of Colorado, Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico. It included I-70 from I-25 east to US 40/287 and then south along US 40/287 to the Colorado/Oklahoma border. The US 287 between the Oklahoma border (including U.S. 40 between Limon and Kit Carson) and Denver is Colorado’s portion of the Ports-to-Plains route.

IMG Rebel explored various financing sources available to the Colorado DOT
We assessed a host of funding options for this project including private finance, innovative finance, and grant funding. On August 2nd, 2012, the Colorado DOT, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and Ports-to-Plains Alliance celebrated the grand opening of U.S. 40/287 through the Town of Kit Carson.