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21st Century Transportation for Colorado
CONNECTING COLORADO—Driving is down, while demand for more transportation options is on the rise. New transportation options could help Coloradans avoid traffic, while reducing pollution and improving our communities.
GIVING COLORADANS TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS
Our ground-breaking research has documented a fundamental shift in the travel patterns of Coloradans - we are driving less and using alternatives like transit, bike and pedestrian travel more.
Here’s what we’re already seeing in Colorado:
- Colorado saw the sixth largest drop in driving of any state in the country since 2005. That means the average Coloradan is driving 1,172 miles less than in 2005.
- Ridership on public transit is soaring and communities from Denver to Glenwood Springs are opening new dedicated bus lanes and light-rail lines.
- Colorado is poised to launch a statewide regional bus service connecting communities along I-70 and I-25.
- New technologies are creating new transportation options from bike-shares to ride-shares.
- Colorado freed up $250 million annually for cities and counties to invest in safe sidewalks, bike infrastructure and new buses.
- Statewide high-speed rail is being considered as a solution to interstate gridlock along I-70 and I-25.
Unfortunately, funding for these alternatives is not meeting demand and too many highway-widening projects are under consideration.
We're helping communities organize and bring transportation alternatives to their cities and towns.
Kids need to be exposed to as little air pollution as possible. A key way that we can preserve the promises of the future is ensuring that the buses they take to and from school and field trips are powered by electricity and not fossil fuels. Xcel Energy has released their Transportation Electrification Plan (TEP), and this plan has a proposal to invest over $2 million in helping schools make the switch from dirty gas-powered school buses to clean electric school buses.
On May 15th, Xcel Energy released their first Transportation Electrification Plan (TEP). It’s their proposal to spend $101.5 million on transportation electrification - things like the infrastructure to support more than 18,000 charging stations, 100,000 new electric vehicles, electric school buses, and community charging hubs. One thing’s for sure: this is a big deal.
Five percent of the roads in the City and County of Denver account for fifty percent of the fatalities. These roads are often referred to as the High Injury Network and they are primarily arterials – the larger roads that cut across Denver. Think Federal, Colorado, and Colfax. Last week, CDOT stepped up to focus dollars on safety and multimodal improvements on them.
The Denver Streets Partnership issued its second annual report card and awarded an overall grade of C+ for the City and County of Denver's progress to meet their own Vision Zero Action Plan aimed at eliminating traffic fatalities and serious injuries. The Report Card focuses specifically on Denver’s progress meeting their goals on street safety improvements, such as building sidewalks and bike lanes.
In a statement, Danny Katz, CoPIRG Director said “Clean car standards are a proven way to reduce air pollution while saving people at the pump. The advancements we’ve seen in fuel-efficient cars show these standards do not need to be changed. The Trump administration should drop their proposal to throw clean air efforts into reverse and should focus instead on protecting our health now and into the future.”
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