In a unanimous vote, the county commission decided to accept the resolution prepared by County Administrator Bill Cordova.
Through this Las Animas County
will, as Cordova
put it, "be an active participant in a planning process that will be taking place over the next couple of years, contemplating the development of a plan for a rail passenger service along the Front Range of Colorado."
Being only the first tentative step of a journey of many years and many more resolutions, the county is now part of an organization involved in an attempt to build 1,200 miles of track at a cost of $2 million per mile.For the study of the feasibility of this project, however, Cordova
said that there would be no financial obligation placed upon the county commission, nor would the RMRA
have the power to levy taxes.
"(The RMRA) has already secured action funds necessary to secure grants from the federal department of transportation," said Cordova
"The contemplation of this Authority is to then take acquisition and/or control of the rail system of Trinidad to points north," said Cordova
...When questioned by Commissioner Kenneth Torres if there would be any actual stops for the rail service in Trinidad, Cordova insisted that would be part of the study during the next two years "through the rail commuter grants we will be acquiring from the Federal Department of Transportation."