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Colorado DOT seeks technology input for I-70 Mountain Corridor


The Colorado Department of Transportation  (CDOT) recently issued a request for statements of technology information for its proposed Interstate 70 Mountain Corridor Advanced Guideway System (AGS).

Technology providers should offer detailed performance, operational and cost information. CDOT will analyze the information submitted using criteria developed in collaboration with corridor stakeholders. Information submitted on technologies that are not yet in revenue service will be further analyzed to determine they can successfully operate by 2017.

CDOT will organize qualified technologies into three alignment groups: those capable of operating entirely in the I-70 right of way; those needing to operate entirely outside the I-70 right of way; and those requiring an alignment both in and out of the I-70 right of way.

CDOT is seeking to partner with the private sector to determine the role high-speed rail could play in the I-70 corridor. Early next year, the agency plans to conduct a financial analysis to seek private-sector involvement to develop potential funding strategies and determine the likelihood of raising the necessary capital for the AGS.

In April, CDOT's Division of Transit and Rail launched a $1.8 million feasibility study being overseen by lead consultants TYPSA | AZTEC and Jacobs Engineering. Expected to be complete by fall 2013, the study calls for evaluating the technology, alignment and funding/financing options for a potential AGS in the 120-mile corridor from C-470 in Jefferson County to Eagle County Regional Airport.

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