Digest: Proposed Colorado rail line could carry 3 million passengers per year

News Wire Digest third section for Aug. 31: Three hurt in BNSF derailment in Oklahoma; power outage strands French rail passengers

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Still more Monday morning rail news:

Front Range rail line could carry 3 million annually

New projections suggest the proposed passenger service along Colorado’s Front Range could carry nearly 3 million passengers a year, Colorado Public Radio reports. The line between Fort Collins and Pueblo, Colo, could carry 9,200 people each weekday, according to projections by the Colorado Department of Transportation that were presented to the Southwest Chief and Front Range Passenger Rail Commission. The estimates were based on a system with 14 stations and an estimated ticket cost of 32 cents per mile, which would make a one-way ticket from Colorado Springs to downtown Denver about $22, or a one-way end-to-end ride about $61.

Three injured as BNSF train hits truck, derails in Oklahoma
Three people were injured and three locomotives and 11 cars were reported to have derailed after a grade-crossing accident involving a 95-car BNSF train in Garvin County, Okla., on Saturday. KXII-TV reports a 70-year-old male driving a semi truck failed to yield at a stop sign and drove into the path of the train, according to state troopers. The truck driver was flown to an Oklahoma City hospital for treatment; the train’s engineer and conductor were treated at a hospital and released. The accident occurred just south of Pauls Valley, Okla., about 60 miles south of Oklahoma City.

Power failure stops trains, strands passengers in southwest France
The French rail network has will be disrupted until Tuesday at the earliest after a major power outage stopped operations in southwest France, stranding some passengers for up to 20 hours and forcing some to sleep on trains after hotels ran out of space. French website The Local reports the power failure occurred between Dax and Bordeaux on Sunday afternoon has not yet been resolved, and affected about 2,500 passengers, according to national passenger SNCF. Those stranded will receive refunds of up to 300% of their ticket price, transport minister Jean-Baptiste Djebarri said.


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