- Mar 10, 2016
A few weeks ago, I came across an article (posted below) that talks about funding a study on adding a Colorado Springs branch to the Southwest Chief. (I would call this section the Denver Chief or the Rocky Mountain Chief). While this sounds like a good idea, running it a little further north Denver Union Station should be a no-brainer but wasn't mentioned in the article, implying that the proposal would terminate the new section at Colorado Springs. Is this the case? Running it to Denver would open up trips to Denver from Kansas City - as well as other stops along the SWC from La Junta eastward, and would open up another connection to the California Zephyr, allowing trips from those stations to as far as the SF Bay area (with a transfer in Denver). Both of these factors would greatly increase ridership in the new section. My question is, why aren't they considering a logical extension of the proposal to Denver?