RFRHA to take look at train systems | AspenTimes.com

RFRHA to take look at train systems

ADtranz Total Rail Systems will give a presentation Friday during the Roaring Fork Railroad Holding Authority’s meeting at 9 a.m. at Carbondale Town Hall.

The presentation will also be given at noon at Aspen City Hall.

Representatives from ADtranz will talk about how a rail system might work in the Roaring Fork Valley, and about current rail system technologies and the company’s services.

ADtranz is one of the world’s largest rail manufacturers, according to Bruce Barnett, manager of business development for the company. ADtranz builds a self-propelled system called a Multiple Unit GTW. It can carry up to 137 people in one car and does not require a separate engine or locomotive.

RFRHA officials say they’re interested in the company’s trains because they could carry passengers on a valleywide system, as well as on rails into downtown Aspen. That would remove the necessity of a Brush Creek transfer station for passengers traveling all the way into Aspen, said RFRHA’s Tom Newland.

Information gained from the presentations could be included in the Corridor Investment Study, which will compare the costs and benefits of three alternative transportation systems in the valley. Those options include leaving things the way they are after the current Highway 82 four-laning project is completed, improving and expanding the bus system, or building a valley rail system.

“This presentation from ADtranz rail is part of our ongoing effort to educate ourselves and provide opportunities for the community to learn about some of the technologies that are out there,” said Newland.

The public is invited to attend either presentation. For more information, call RFRHA at 704-9282.

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