The State of the Rockies Report Card is Here!Welcome to the Rockies Region on the SubwayNut
Amtrak, Front Range, Las Vegas, Northern New Mexico, Sun Corridor, Wasatch Front
April 5, 2011,
Colorado Springs, Colorado:

Welcome to the Rockies Section of, dedicated to the three light rail, two commuter rail, one urban monorail, and the four cross-country Amtrak lines that call the eight state Rocky Mountain Region as designated by the US census bureau home. I, Jeremiah Cox, your webmaster, have released this new section of in conjunction with my research on "Rockies Infrastructure in Decline" from last summer that has just been published in the 2011 State of the Rockies Report Card. The report card (that I co-wrote with a fellow undergraduate student, Anna Johnson) is available here and our section appears on pages 56 to 89. I hope you enjoy reading about the history of and infrastructure needs facing this vast, sparsely populated, growing region.

To put in perspective just how small the regions total population is compared to New York — the main emphasis of this website so far, although my overall goal is photographing every rail station in North America, we will see how far I get with Amtrak — as of the 2010 census was 19,301,556 almost exactly the same as New York State's 19,378,102. Every states individual population is significantly lower than the City of New York's 8 million people; the closest state is Arizona with 6 million. Wyoming, the smallest state in the country population wise with 563,626, is just slightly bigger population wise than Staten Island and 958 times the size! Geographically the region is 773,940 square miles of land big enough to comfortably fit the land of New York State 16 times and New Jersey 89 times! The region is home to five booming metropolitan areas each with rail transit although they are all really new. For intercity travel except by air there are relatively few options with just the four transcontinental Amtrak routes crossing the region, and intercity bus service is expensive and infrequent, there is just not enough demand for the huge and ultra-competitive operations we now have in the northeast. (See pages asdf to asdf of the report card for more information).

Another interesting phenomenon is in the modern era there was were not any rail based mass transit service in the region since the last streetcar ran in Fort Collins on June 30, 1951 [1]. Rail based transit has only returned to the region in the past two decades and with the exception of the initial 5 miles long Central Light Rail segment of the Denver Light Rail that opened in 1994, all other new mass transit rail lines in the region have only opened in the past decade (Salt Lake City's began in December 1999). In this decade a total of 73 miles of light rail (92 stations) have opened and 125 miles (with 20 stations) of Commuter Rail have begun operations. The Las Vegas Monorail was also built out to its present length of 4 miles (with 7 stations) in 2004. It is a cross between a tourist attraction and an actual transit system. There are also tourist heritage streetcar systems and tourist trains that operate in the region (whose role on this website I am still undecided about). For example, in the streetcar world, first the Fort Collins, Colorado Municipal Railway restarted operations in December 29, 1984, the Platte Valley Trolley in Denver started operations in 1989 and the Old Pueblo Trolley in Tucson, Arizona (that is being upgraded to a 4 mile long modern streetcar) opened in April, 1993. These all operate primarily on weekends to serve shoppers and visitors.

Well without further ado, here are the main transit systems presently in operation in the region:
Sections are still being updated from time to time, please see the latest updates on Leave No Station Unphotographed, the blog of this website

Notes: [1]: According to the Wikipedia List of Street Car Systems in the United States, a system operated in Anaconda, Montana until December 31, 1951. A search to verify this date could not be found. The Fort Collins date has been used. Here's the source on the website of the Municipal Railway.
Sources: Corridor Regions from Brooking Institute's Mountain Megas.
The Streetcar Lines Websites: Fort Collins Municipal Railway, Platte Valley Trolley, Old Pueblo Trolley

Last Updated: 16 January, 2010
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