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Conference to focus on expanding Colorado's intercity passenger-rail services


A conference on intercity passenger-rail development in Colorado will be held Sept. 16 in Denver.

Speakers and panalists will include Gil Carmichael, a member of the University of Denver/Intermodal Transportation Institute's (ITI) board; Harry Dale, Rocky Mountain Rail Authority; Thomas Finkbiner, ITI board; Kevin Coates, North American Maglev Transport Institute; John Bennett, Amtrak; Alexander Brown, Alex Brown Consulting; Wendy Wallach and Sandi Kohrs, Colorado Department of Transportation; and Brian Middleton, Regional Transportation District of Denver.

“Population growth and congestion are already overtaking Colorado and its major highways. Given our state’s great appeal and future growth, we can only expect more congestion and problems with our current transportation systems,” said Jim Souby of the Colorado Rail Passenger Association in a prepared statement. “Our economy depends on the mobility of people, goods and ideas. Intercity passenger rail can provide an efficient way for people to move from place to place with minimal impact on the environment. This conference will explore passenger rail options aggressively.”