Railfan lite

Thanks for the welcome comments from my last post, even if someone says I have “pretentious” taste in pizza. I’ll let that slide for now… punk.

In other news, I’m curious what people have read about the new T-Rex light rail. I’ve been thinking how happy it’ll make me when I can see it humming along the 25 corridor, serving as an advertisement for itself to the parade of car commuters.

Yeah, I know, cars are great, blah, blah, blah.

The reason for this post is that I haven’t seen much on the local blogs about it and I think it’s going to be a major improvement to the overall well being of the city. Maybe I haven’t read the right blogs…

I’m also curious about whether it might one day connect down to Colorado Springs? Or is that the stuff they make crack pipes for?

I believe the span of the project from Lone Tree to downtown is just over 40 miles, which makes it pretty long for a light rail as opposed to a commuter rail, which is usually bigger, faster, stronger, etc… But from what I understand, there’s commuter rail that’s a lot smaller in terms of distance than the T-Rex project.

Is there a real obvious reason why it’s light and not commuter?

I’m fortunate enough not to have to commute further than my basement office, but I can’t wait for the damn thing. Anyhow, whatever folks know or have read about this and care to point me to in comments is appreciated.

That’s all.

5 Comments so far

  1. John (unregistered) on September 21st, 2006 @ 3:19 pm

    Haven’t heard a peep. Heck I didn’t even hear when T-Rex opened except to see it the next day at the gym or something.

    Light rail rocks though so I’ll be glad when it’s up and running. Whenever we have to go downtown it’s almost always light rail, going up tonight even to see BNL :)

    Light rail is good. traffic is bad. And I come from CA (THE 91 freeway sucks)


  2. David (unregistered) on September 21st, 2006 @ 7:19 pm

    It seems to me like commuter rail is mostly used when there is existing heavy rail tracks that can be used, instead of building new tracks.

    Fares are usually a bit higher for commuter rail.


  3. Dekan (unregistered) on September 22nd, 2006 @ 7:33 am

    We might not have the same tastes in pizza but we do agree that the new light rail will be very tasty


  4. hubs (unregistered) on September 22nd, 2006 @ 10:53 am

    http://www.trexproject.com/trex_channels/community/lightrail.asp

    the ral from denver to the airport and denver to boulder is planned commuter rail.


  5. Nicole J. LeBoeuf-Little (unregistered) on October 3rd, 2006 @ 3:45 pm

    Like you should complain. I’m waiting on the Fastracks expansion to Boulder. I’ve been assured that one day, one day soon, any day now, there will be a transit village on 30th Street where Pollard Jeep currently stands, and I will be able to walk half a mile from my house to get on a train going to Denver and/or the airport. (And never have to see that hideous Pollard Jeep logo again–you know the one, the creepy little salesman with the oversized head and “Pollard” spelled out on his teeth? Yyyyyeah.) I have no idea when, or if, that will happen. But I covet it.



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