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November 10, 2016

Winter Park Express is Back!

Weekend passenger train service from Denver Union Station to the slopes of Winter Park is back, with Amtrak, Winter Park Resort and Union Pacific Railroad having reached agreement to operate Winter Park Express trains from January 7 through March 26, 2017. The round-trips will run on Saturdays and Sundays, with an additional round-trip on Martin Luther King Day and Presidents Day.

The new commuter rail line from Denver International Airport to Union Station enables visitors from throughout the country and across the globe to travel from Denver International Airport to Winter Park. Seamless rail connectivity will be available from the airport, to the Winter Park Express and on to Winter Park Resort, without having to rent a car, secure a shuttle or navigate mountain roads.  “This is the culmination of a long but rewarding process and we couldn’t be more excited to have passenger rail service return to the doorstep of Winter Park Resort,” said Gary DeFrange, Winter Park Resort President. “We know there’s incredible demand for a viable transportation alternative to I-70 and we’re deeply appreciative to Amtrak, Union Pacific, CDOT, City of Denver, and the Town of Winter Park for helping to make this long-standing dream a reality.”  Adult tickets are as low as $39 each way and are on sale now exclusively through the Amtrak.com/WinterParkExpress website

Weekend Travel Forecast
The weather is expected to stay sunny and dry through Sunday, making this a great weekend for I-70 travel.

Friday WB:  No congestion-related delays are anticipated.

Saturday WB:  No congestion-related delays are anticipated. 

Saturday EB:  No congestion-related delays are anticipated. 

Sunday EB:  No congestion-related delays are anticipated. 

*The GoI70.com Travel Forecast is based on historical data, along with an estimation of how weather, construction, public events and other factors might impact travel.

Panasonic and the Colorado Department of Transportation have announced a partnership to utilize connected vehicle technology on the I-70 Mountain Corridor as a means to optimize safety and roadway efficiency. According to CDOT Executive Director Shailen Bhatt, “Estimates are that a connected transportation system could reduce crashes by 80% and quadruple highway capacity. Data is the new asphalt.” Details are at http://tinyurl.com/jothbf8

Weekend Travel Forecast
There is a chance for snow at the higher elevations on Saturday night.  Due to warmer temperatures, the precipitation will be in the form of rain during the day on Saturday.  Friday and Sunday are forecasted to be mild and dry.

Friday WB:  No congestion-related delays are anticipated.

Saturday WB:  No congestion-related delays are anticipated.

Saturday EB: No congestion-related delays are anticipated.

Sunday EB: No congestion-related delays are anticipated. 

 *The GoI70.com Travel Forecast is based on historical data, along with an estimation of how weather, construction, public events and other factors might impact travel.

RockfallNext week CDOT will conduct necessary rockfall mitigation work on Georgetown Hill to protect motorist safety. Work will take place Tuesday, Nov. 1 through Thursday, Nov. 3 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. This will require 20-minute traffic holds on both eastbound and westbound I-70. Westbound traffic will be stopped west of the Georgetown exit at milepost 227.85 and eastbound traffic will be stopped east of the Silver Plume exit at milepost 226.15. With intermittent traffic stops planned for next week, those traveling the corridor through Clear Creek County should plan on delays of up to two hours. 

Weekend Travel Forecast
Traffic is unlikely due to volume or weather this weekend.

Friday WB:  No congestion-related delays are anticipated.

Saturday WB:  No congestion-related delays are anticipated. 

Saturday EB: No congestion-related delays are anticipated.

Sunday EB: No congestion-related delays are anticipated. 

 *The GoI70.com Travel Forecast is based on historical data, along with an estimation of how weather, construction, public events and other factors might impact travel.

 


 

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