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Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinMarch 28, 20175min302

Heads up, Pueblo County drivers. Or better yet, buckle up, and anyone in a truck statewide might want to heed that advice, as the Colorado State Patrol and Department of Transportation began one of those "Click It Or Ticket" enforcement campaigns. As the Gazette reported, drivers in Pueblo County had the highest non-compliance rate in the state last year, and motorists and passengers in pickups had the lowest usage rate of any type of vehicle. But it's good advice for anyone, anywhere, no matter what type of vehicle.


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John TomasicJohn TomasicMarch 13, 20176min499

State Sen. Owen Hill is not for letting the crisis of Colorado’s inadequate transportation go to waste. There won’t be any ski train coming any time soon. There may or may not be a transportation funding bill passed this legislative session or any legislative session. Coloradans are desperate. It’s past time to be bold, to color outside the lines! Hill told reporters Monday morning that he thinks Colorado could become a national workshop for the autonomous vehicle revolution. He said it’s worth getting out front of other states by moving now to put the fast-evolving technology to use on our roads and invite entrepreneurs and companies working the sector to set up shop here.


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David AppelhansDavid AppelhansMarch 8, 20176min471

In Colorado’s state Legislature this year, the issue on everyone’s mind is transportation. Coloradans know how badly we need funding for transportation — but it’s not just about building roads and bridges. Coloradans want to see investment in mobility options, such as buses for the elderly and safer routes to schools. We are writing today to urge the General Assembly to address the need for transportation options that exists in our communities and across the state.


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Will ToorWill ToorMarch 5, 20176min519

I am writing to refute Randall O’Toole’s recent guest opinion column claiming that there is no need for state funding for public transit. His opinion criticizes a recent report I authored for the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project showing that Colorado invests less than one cent per day per person of state funds in public transit, twenty times lower than the national average.


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Randal O'TooleRandal O'TooleFebruary 26, 20177min446

According to a misleading new report, Colorado ranks 29th in per capita funding for transit, spending just one-twentieth of the national average. Thus, there is a “funding gap” for public transit. But Colorado apparently ranks 29th only in state transit funding. What’s left out is that most transit funding comes from the regional level. The misleading data are part of a report by a Boulder group known as the South West Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP), which is urging the state Legislature to spend more money on transit. But this recommendation is based on three fallacies.



Peter MarcusPeter MarcusFebruary 22, 20173min228
Senate Republicans on Tuesday quickly killed a measure that would have required the Colorado Department of Transportation to consider prevailing wages for public-private projects. The Democratic-sponsored House Bill 1068 was killed by the Republican-controlled Senate Transportation Committee with few stakeholders signed up to testify after an only eight-minute hearing. The bill died on a party-line […]

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Ernest LuningErnest LuningFebruary 15, 20178min522

An annual study released this week by the Washington, D.C.-based AAA Foundation found that an overwhelming majority of young-adult drivers engage in risky behavior behind the wheel, including texting, running red lights and speeding, making them the worst-behaved drivers on the road. Their older cohorts however, don’t do much better, the study found, with the very oldest drivers counted as the safest, but then only by comparison.


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Ernest LuningErnest LuningFebruary 7, 20175min564

Traffic deaths are on the rise in Colorado over the past two years — reversing what had been a decade-long trend of falling fatalities — and the state’s transportation chief says it’s because more drivers are paying less attention to the road. “What the data tells me is we have an epidemic of distracted driving,” CDOT Executive Director Shailen Bhatt told The Colorado Statesman in a recent interview. “People on phones, on their devices.”


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Ernest LuningErnest LuningFebruary 2, 201710min506

Colorado could get some help from the federal government to speed up highway construction projects, including the nettlesome bottleneck on Interstate 25 between Castle Rock and Monument, but transportation officials caution against expecting the pedal to hit the metal on the projects. Gov. John Hickenlooper this week told the Colorado Department of Transportation to come up with a list of projects to submit to the feds for a potential “high priority” designation, the governor’s spokeswoman, Holly Shrewsbury, told The Colorado Statesman. The list will include the Monument-to-Castle Rock stretch, known as “The Gap,” she said.