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Colorado Voters Nix Monorail

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Denver, CO, Nov. 7, 2001 (AP)–Colorado voters, concerned about a sagging economy, nixed a proposal that could have led to a $50 million monorail linking Denver with the state’s mountain ski areas.

The proposal, voted down Tuesday, would have used surplus state funds to test technology for a 167-mile monorail along congested highways between Denver and the ski areas.

Supporters and opponents agreed economic uncertainty after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks doomed the proposal.

“Now that we’re in crisis mode, people understand that building science-fiction rail devices isn’t going to solve our problems,” monorail opponent Jon Caldara said.