Denver Voters Would Get Trolley
STEVEN K. PAULSON
Sep. 29, 1999
DENVER (AP) _ The campaign brochure promoting a proposed light-rail transit system for the Denver metropolitan area shows a sleek bullet train that can reach speeds of up to 100 mph.
Trouble is, that is not what voters would get if they approve the idea Nov. 2.
``It's the wrong train,'' said Rep. Glenn Scott, R-Westminster. ``They're building a trolley system. I don't want to speak to their motives, but it's certainly suspicious.''
Supporters of the plan admit that the train pictured in the campaign literature is not the same train being proposed. The planned train would be boxy, use overhead electric lines and travel no faster than 55 mph.
Campaign officials said they did not have time to get a photograph of the actual train before printing the 125,000 brochures distributed to voters. The Regional Transportation District, which runs the area's mass transit system, refused to comment because the issue is on the ballot.
The measure asks voters for $457 million to help finance a 19-mile line along Interstate 25 between downtown Denver and the southern tip of the metropolitan area in Douglas County, which is one of the fastest-growing counties in the nation.
The line, which would cost $874 million, also would be financed by federal funds.
Critics say the project is too expensive, and would be outdated by its completion in 2020.