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Re: “$6 million donated to get Springs Airport off the ground

Some facts to ponder: It's a 200 mile round trip drive to Denver's airport from COS airport, Peterson AFB, or Ft Carson, 180 miles to Manitou Springs tourist attractions, or 170 miles to the Olympic Training center. The cheap parking at Denver airport adds on a 10-15 minute bus ride (that's 20-30 minutes round trip).

If your loved one is driving you to/from the Denver airport to save on parking costs ($8-13 per day) your car now has between 340 and 400 miles on because you've made four drives to the airport and you probably need to fill your SUV's gas tank again. Do this four to six times per year and that's an oil change too.

The one hour estimate given by vazzedup seems wildly inaccurate unless there is no traffic, no snow, no hail, no construction, you're driving at unsafe speed, and you are taking the toll road which is $20 round trip or $16 if you have the sticker transponder. If you are living in Monument the Denver airport is still twice as far as the Colorado Springs airport and aren't you doing enough driving already anyway?

The train will take a decade or more with getting environmental impact studies done and laying a new set of tracks (another set is needed in spots) buying train sets, figuring out how to pay for it since costs will be in the hundreds of millions easily, and riding it to the airport will be incredibly impractical as it will most certainly take longer if it will be of the same train type set to go to Denver airport already or you'll have to switch trains somewhere to one going to Denver if they build a faster train. Even getting a keeping a commuter bus going during rush hour has proven difficult from Colorado Springs to Denver.

Don't get me wrong, I would love to see the opera, go to a convention, have drinks at a world class bar, or go to a pro ball game. The answer is building up Colorado Springs not making Colorado Springs a distant suburb of Denver. Washington DC and Baltimore are way closer than Denver and Colorado Springs. San Antonio and Austin are perhaps a better comparison and are about the same distance apart - both are very distinctive cities with major airports, conventions, sports teams, and nightlife.

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Posted by BringEduToManitou on 11/12/2015 at 9:38 PM

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