5 episodes

Ghost Train is a unique podcast miniseries from Colorado Public Radio about the people with a vision for a greener transportation system in Colorado, the challenges that kept much of that plan from becoming successful and the ideas that might help the region move forward.

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Ghost Train is a unique podcast miniseries from Colorado Public Radio about the people with a vision for a greener transportation system in Colorado, the challenges that kept much of that plan from becoming successful and the ideas that might help the region move forward.

    The Vote

    The Vote

    With a brown cloud hovering overhead and a second-place football team, Denver had dreams of becoming a world-class city. But it wasn't until the turn of the millennium that it found a way to get there: trains. Part 1 of 4.

    Hosted and reported by Nathaniel Minor
    Editors: Erin Jones, Joe Wertz
    Production and mixing: Rebekah Romberg
    Additional production: Luis Antonio Perez
    Theme song by Daniel Mescher. Additional music via Universal Production Music.
    Artwork: Mia Rincón
    Executive producers: Kevin Dale, Brad Turner 
    Additional editorial support: Jo Erickson, Alison Borden, Rachel Estabrook, Ana Campbell, Sherkiya Wedgeworth-Hollowell, Andrew Villegas, Dave Burdick 
    Archival tape thanks: Heather Dalton and Dominic Dezzutti at CPT-12; Tim Wieland and Steve Vriesman at CBS4 Denver; Kevin Krug at KMGH Denver7.
    Thanks also to Kim Nguyen, Jodi Gersh, Clara Shelton, Hart Van Denburg.
    Ghost Train is a production of CPR News and Colorado Public Radio's Audio Innovations Studio.

    www.cpr.org/podcast/ghost-train
    On Twitter:
    @COPublicRadio
    @nbminor

    Correction: An earlier version of this episode incorrectly said Seattle had built a light rail system in the 1990s. The reference has been removed.

    • 34 min
    The Mission

    The Mission

    Sam Chesser loved the transit system when he visited New York City. So Sam, like many voters, supported a vision he thought would make his beloved hometown, Denver, just as accessible. That allowed transit planners to spend billions of dollars laying rail track. But almost two decades later, who actually uses it? Part 2 of 4.

    Hosted and reported by Nathaniel Minor
    Editors: Erin Jones, Joe Wertz
    Production and mixing: Rebekah Romberg
    Additional production: Luis Antonio Perez
    Theme song by Daniel Mescher. Additional music via Universal Production Music.
    Artwork: Mia Rincón
    Executive producers: Kevin Dale, Brad Turner 
    Additional editorial support: Jo Erickson, Alison Borden, Rachel Estabrook, Ana Campbell, Sherkiya Wedgeworth-Hollowell, Andrew Villegas, Dave Burdick 
    Archival tape thanks: Heather Dalton and Dominic Dezzutti at CPT-12; Tim Wieland and Steve Vriesman at CBS4 Denver; Kevin Krug at KMGH Denver7.
    Thanks also to Kim Nguyen, Jodi Gersh, Clara Shelton, Hart Van Denburg.
    Ghost Train is a production of CPR News and Colorado Public Radio's Audio Innovations Studio.

    www.cpr.org/podcast/ghost-train
    On Twitter:
    @COPublicRadio
    @nbminor

    • 31 min
    An Unexpected Solution

    An Unexpected Solution

    The Denver metro area's rail system mostly neglects the dense, walkable parts of the city. Why is that? And now, after we've spent decades prioritizing freedom in how we get around, is it time to change the way we live? Part 3 of 4.

    Hosted and reported by Nathaniel Minor
    Editors: Erin Jones, Joe Wertz
    Production and mixing: Rebekah Romberg
    Additional production: Luis Antonio Perez
    Theme song by Daniel Mescher. Additional music via Universal Production Music.
    Artwork: Mia Rincón
    Executive producers: Kevin Dale, Brad Turner 
    Additional editorial support: Jo Erickson, Alison Borden, Rachel Estabrook, Ana Campbell, Sherkiya Wedgeworth-Hollowell, Andrew Villegas, Dave Burdick 
    Archival tape thanks: Heather Dalton and Dominic Dezzutti at CPT-12; Tim Wieland and Steve Vriesman at CBS4 Denver; Kevin Krug at KMGH Denver7.
    Thanks also to Kim Nguyen, Jodi Gersh, Clara Shelton, Hart Van Denburg.
    Ghost Train is a production of CPR News and Colorado Public Radio's Audio Innovations Studio.

    www.cpr.org/podcast/ghost-train
    On Twitter:
    @COPublicRadio
    @nbminor

    • 31 min
    Waiting On A Train

    Waiting On A Train

    After the lessons of rail, the Denver region might just be ready to move into a bus-centric transit future that better addresses climate change, air quality, and inequity. But there's one unfulfilled promise standing in the way: the Boulder train. Is it time for locals to let that go, or is there hope on the horizon? Part 4 of 4.

    Hosted and reported by Nathaniel Minor
    Editors: Erin Jones, Joe Wertz
    Production and mixing: Rebekah Romberg
    Additional production: Luis Antonio Perez
    Theme song by Daniel Mescher. Additional music via Universal Production Music.
    Artwork: Mia Rincón
    Executive producers: Kevin Dale, Brad Turner 
    Additional editorial support: Jo Erickson, Alison Borden, Rachel Estabrook, Ana Campbell, Sherkiya Wedgeworth-Hollowell, Andrew Villegas, Dave Burdick 
    Archival tape thanks: Heather Dalton and Dominic Dezzutti at CPT-12; Tim Wieland and Steve Vriesman at CBS4 Denver; Kevin Krug at KMGH Denver7.
    Thanks also to Kim Nguyen, Jodi Gersh, Clara Shelton, Hart Van Denburg.
    Ghost Train is a production of CPR News and Colorado Public Radio's Audio Innovations Studio.

    www.cpr.org/podcast/ghost-train
    On Twitter:
    @COPublicRadio
    @nbminor

    • 32 min
    'Ghost Train' Explores How Denver's Vision For A Better Transit System Jumped the Track

    'Ghost Train' Explores How Denver's Vision For A Better Transit System Jumped the Track

    In 2004, Denver-area voters backed one of the most ambitious transit projects in the U.S. This plan called for a sprawling network of new rail lines that would help commuters glide by clogged roadways and transform Denver into a world-class city. But as train lines opened, some uncomfortable truths emerged: The trains aren’t very useful to most people. The trains have done relatively little to shift how people move around the region. And they cost a lot of money.

    Denver’s love affair with trains is one of shared dreams and unstoppable personalities. It’s the story of billions of dollars and gleaming new infrastructure for a city on the rise. And for one particular corner of the metro area, it’s a story of disappointment and betrayal.

    Ghost Train is the story of how one polluted, traffic-choked city went all in on trains, and what happened when that plan jumped the track.

    Nathaniel Minor, the transportation reporter for Colorado Public Radio, has spent years trying to understand this anger, what these trains were meant to accomplish and whether they’re succeeding. But this story is about so much more than one train system in Colorado. Because Denver’s not the only place opening new rail lines. Cities all across America are turning to rail to face down big issues like climate change, traffic and inequity.

    Ghost Train from CPR News starts Feb. 8. Subscribe now so you don’t miss an episode.

    • 3 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
288 Ratings

288 Ratings

Sock ferret ,

Pretty good for a historical pod about trains!

Great job Nate, making a multi episode series about trains interesting is no easy task, but you and your team pulled it off I’d say! At least for this guy. Keep it up!

Greatbaconbits ,

Great investigation

This podcast does a great job of running down the history

jashinato17 ,

Excellent podcast

And engaging story about a vision for mass transit didn’t fully take hold. Great storytelling and wonderful sounds and scenes. A lot of the fault lies with we commuters who don’t make the effort to take transit.

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