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

#7
Nationwide in Installed Wind Power Capacity in 2020
30%
of Colorado’s electricity generated by renewable resources in 2020
36.8%
Energy Produced from Coal in 2020
27.6%
Electricity Generated by Natural Gas in 2020
78%
of Renewable Electricity Generated by Wind Power in 2020

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
146 Miles
of rapid transit network (rail & bus rapid transit) in 2020
1 New
commuter line connecting downtown to Thornton
170
Nonstop flights from Denver
80
Airports

Rankings

# 1
Best Large Airport in the US USA Today , 2021
# 11
State in Public Transportation Usage US News & World Report , 2017
# 8
State in Overall Infrastructure US News & World Report , 2019
# 3
Least Expensive State for Energy WalletHub , 2020
# 6
Lowest State in Residential Average Price of Natural Gas at $6.74 per thousand cubic feet U.S. Energy Information Administration , 2021
# 7
Lowest State in Commerical Natural Gas Average Price at $6.24 per thousand cubic feet U.S. Energy Information Administration , 2020

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