Transportation & Infrastructure

A Central Link in a Global Network

Colorado doesn’t settle for less than exceptional. We’re smart, we’re efficient and we’re technologically savvy, and one way to prove that is by taking a look at our transportation and infrastructure.

So what is it that sets us apart, that really, truly makes our infrastructure cutting-edge? For starters, we have Denver International Airport, a top-ranking international airport that offers 1,500 flights each day and serves almost 54 million passengers a year.

Don’t forget we’re also a major national crossroads for Interstate Highways I-25, I-70 and I-76. And, BNSF Railway and Union Pacific Railroad own and operate thousands of miles of track here.

And we’re home to Xcel Energy, which is the largest electricity and natural gas utility in the state, as well as 26 areas with rural electric associations (REAs).

It’s obvious that transportation and infrastructure are a major catalyst for the state’s economy. But it’s also much more than that. It’s a crucial tool that ensures you can find success here through the ease with which you can get your products to a global audience – no matter which delivery method you choose.

Energy

Top 10
states for wind energy production
30%
of electricity from renewable energy resources by 2020
64%
Energy produced from coal
20%
Electricity generated by natural gas
17%
Energy produced from hydroelectric and wind power

Water

99%
of all drinking water systems are in full compliance with all federal drinking water standards.
5
Major river basins serve as primary source of state’s water: the Platte, Arkansas, Rio Grande, Upper Colorado and the Lower Colorado

Infrastructure

956 Miles
of interstate highway
3,000 Miles
of Class 1 rail track and intermodal train/truck facilities
35 Miles
of light rail
1 New
commuter line to Denver International Airport
170
Nonstop flights from Denver
80
Airports

Rankings

# 2
Best airport in North America Business Insider , 2016
# 12
State in energy efficiency State Energy Efficiency Scorecard , 2015
# 37
State for per capita energy consumption
16%
Below the national average for energy expenditures
# 1
Least expensive state for electricity, natural gas and other forms of energy Nerd Wallet , 2015
# 3
Lowest state in residential average price of natural gas at $8.47 per thousand cubic feet
# 4
Lowest state in commercial natural gas average price at $7.48 per thousand cubic feet

Transportation Facts and Figures

3,000
Miles of class I rail track
9,000
Miles of Highway
1,700
Daily flights from Denver International Airport
#5
Busiest airport in the U.S.
#15
Busiest airport in the world
Sam-Bailey_Genreal-Business-cropped Sam Bailey Senior Manager of Industry Development (303) 892-3840 sam.bailey@state.co.us