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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.
From mask mandates to capacity limits, the largest public transit systems and ride share companies have new procedures
As we have seen through the wildfires raging throughout the state, climate change and its devastating effects aren’t slowing down, and it costs Colorado a lot. But a big climate change solution can actually save us money--electric vehicles. We hosted a webinar with the City of Denver, Consumer Reports, and CALSTART to talk about the savings you can get when you switch from gas-powered vehicles to electric vehicles and available resources that make electric vehicles more affordable. Here’s some of the key things we covered:
Colorado joined 14 other states plus the District of Columbia to announce today that they will set landmark goals for zero-emission trucks. CoPIRG joined clean car advocates in applauding the Polis administration’s decision to join the pact through an MOU that sets targets for achieving full electrification of medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, along with interim sales targets for truck manufacturers.
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.
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