Proposed Boulder County monorail to be discussed Thursday night

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BOULDER, Colo. -- We may be getting closer to having a new monorail system between Boulder and Longmont, and on Thursday night, you'll have a chance to learn more about it.

Those who proposed the rail are aiming to get commuters to work, school and recreation without the hassle of rush hour traffic.

The monorail is called the SkyTran, and it would run along Highway 119. The planned route would run 15 miles between Boulder and Longmont.

If you drive that same stretch of highway, it can take up to an hour during the morning or evening rush. On the monorail, you're only looking at 15 minutes.

Many commuters say the proposed SkyTran would be a welcome change to the beginning and ending of their day.

“For everything college, for the city of Boulder, I think it's great,” commuter Mike Stafford said.

Structurally, the monorail would consist of turbo-charged, three-person pods that would run on a line 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The cost? About $7.50 one way.

The $250 million dollar project would be privately funded. Right now city leaders are looking into its safety and environmental impact along Highway 119.

If you have questions, Thursday night’s meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the Boulder Public Library. You can also check out online.

If the monorail is eventually approved, SkyTran hopes to launch as soon as 2016.