Gov. Jared Polis Signs Front Range Passenger Rail Bill

Gov. Jared Polis signed a bill into law this month which will create a special taxation district for the Front Range Passenger Rail.

Senate Bill 238 will also form a board which will be tasked with getting the new train up and running. The board will consist of 17 members, six of whom will be appointed by the governor, and will have the ability to enact a new sales tax of up to 8 cents on every $10 purchase to pay for the train, according to a news story.

The board will have to be appointed by April 1, 2022.

The taxation district will run along I-25 from Wyoming to New Mexico and include all of Denver, Jefferson, Broomfield and Douglas counties and parts of Larimer, Weld, Boulder, Adams, Arapahoe, El Paso, Pueblo, Huerfano and Las Animas counties.

The Colorado House voted 40-25 to pass the Bill, and it was cleared by the Senate by a 25-9 vote.