All aboard: WP Town Council approves ski train platform grant
The Winter Park Town Council has approved a request from Winter Park Resort for $100,000 through the Commercial Enhancement Grant fund. The money will go towards construction of a 900 square foot loading/unloading platform near the base.
According to the report presented, CDOT estimates the train would remove over 400 vehicles from I-70 during peak travel each weekend. It points out that the ski train sold out in a total of fourteen hours during March so there is plenty of demand for an alternative to driving. The new University of Colorado A Line from DIA to Union Station would allow visitors the opportunity to travel from the airport to the mountains with no additional transportation services needed. The permanent infrastructure creates potential for more Winter Park Resort stops and larger trains with “zero capital investment beyond the cost of construction.”
If all goes as planned, the train would run from January through March every weekend and Monday holidays for the first three years, according to the report. This will be about thirty-six trips per year. The train is scheduled to leave Union Station at 7am and arrive at the resort by 8:45am. Departure will be at 4:30 pm and travelers will be back to Denver by 6:30. One-way tickets will be available. The platform will also be able to accommodate the large number NSCD skiers that come to the resort, and make the base area easily accessible to them.
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