Colorado Interregional Connectivity Study
This study examined high speed technologies, alignments, ridership and financial/funding options for a broad corridor generally following I-25 from Fort Collins to Pueblo, including the Denver and Colorado Springs metropolitan areas. This study was conducted in parallel with the Advanced Guideway System (AGS) Feasibility Study along the I-70 Mountain Corridor from Denver to Eagle. Scenarios were configured to accommodate either high-speed electric (steel wheel) or high-speed Maglev technologies. Evaluation was based on public support, capital and operating costs, ridership and revenue.
CTG was responsible for preparing the operating plans for each scenarios, specifying the assumed number of daily trips and defining whether service is designed with different route patterns versus focusing frequency on a basic pattern and then providing efficient transfers. CTG calculated average wait times for transfers, as well as operating statistics for vehicle-miles, vehicle-hours, and number of vehicles required.
CTG also developed annual operating and maintenance (O&M) cost estimates, creating spreadsheet cost models according to technology that defined unit costs and staffing levels. Since the modes being considered have little or no actual cost experience in the United States, CTG assigned an “uncertainty’ factor to develop low and high-range cost estimates.
Categories: Long-Range Systems Plans