Colorado Railroads and Tourism

 Potential for Tourism Development

It is expected that certain basic information will be included with data on railroad lines, including whether or not the rail line has been abandoned. The “hidden” aspect of interest in this scenario, is that abandoned rail lines can promote tourism and economic development through conversion to bike and pedestrian trail. The color coding below also identifies rail lines with Amtrak service, in addition to a selected number of lines designated by CDOT as “Tourism Tracks.” Select a line and look at the passenger code – V = VIA Line, A = Amtrak Line, C = Commuter Line, T = Tourist Line, R = Rail line now used for rapid transit, X = previous passenger route/line, Y = undesignated service. Lines coded in Green are potential for recreation/trail, lines coded in blue are tourist lines, and lines coded in red are Amtrak, commuter or rapid transit lines. Consider combining this dataset with the data provided by RTD – and check out the RTD Developer resources page while you’re at it! The Rails to Trails program is a national effort to maintain and preserve old rail lines while simultaneously increaseng the mileage of greenways and interconnected trail systems -across states and across the nation. This photo below is from the cross country ski segment of the ?? trail between Aspen and Vail.

Margaret Spyker

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