Region: Local Match Needed for I-25 Grants

CDOT and North Front Range Metropolitan Planning Organization (NFRMPO) are scrambling to secure agreements from area governments to provide the required $25 million local match for the TIGER and FASTLANE grant applications. The grants would help fund a $230 million package of improvements to North I-25, including a third lane on I-25 from SH 14Continue reading “Region: Local Match Needed for I-25 Grants”

The Not-so-FAST Act Update

The FAST Act, a five-year $300 billion transportation funding bill, was signed into late on December 4, 2015. Unfortunately, the bill is so complex that the U.S. Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration will need more time to issue guidance and rules explaining how the States can apply for and use the money. CDOTContinue reading “The Not-so-FAST Act Update”

Colorado: Governor’s Transportation Funding Idea in Peril

Observers say Senate Republicans will not support Governor Hickenlooper’s proposal to make the Hospital Provider Fee (HPF) an enterprise fund so that the HPF doesn’t count against the TABOR cap. The GOP is trying to pander to its most conservative members, who oppose anything that they say sidesteps TABOR. This is unfortunate because the HPFContinue reading “Colorado: Governor’s Transportation Funding Idea in Peril”

Estes Park: Trustees Decide Against Putting Road Proposal on Ballot

The Estes Park Town Board of Trustees voted 5-1 not to place the proposal to create a Downtown Loop on the fall ballot. Instead, the Board opted to await the final results of a required federal environmental assessment, due late this year or early in 2016, and then make a decision itself on the projectContinue reading “Estes Park: Trustees Decide Against Putting Road Proposal on Ballot”

Greeley: Greeley Joins 34 Coalition

The City Council approved the City’s participation in the newly formed Highway 34 Coalition. Weld County, Evans, Garden City, Loveland, Windsor and Johnstown are also in the process of joining the effort. CDOT encourages the creation of regional alliances because consensus and collaboration make grant funding more likely. Greeley’s Public Works Director says the CoalitionContinue reading “Greeley: Greeley Joins 34 Coalition”

Legislature Fails to Address Transportation Funding

SB-272 TRANS II, was introduced late in the session by Rep. Brian DelGrosso (Loveland). The bill was the result of lobbying from the Northern Colorado Legislative Alliance and would have extended gas tax bonding – with no new taxes – to finance a specific list of projects, including North I-25. The bill passed the SenateContinue reading “Legislature Fails to Address Transportation Funding”

Senate Committee Passes Transportation Bill

This morning the Senate Transportation Committee held a hearing on SB 272, “Authorize New Transportation Revenue Anticipation Notes,” a bill that would ask state voters to approve TRANS bonds (Transportation Revenue Anticipation Notes). TRANS was first passed by voters in 1999 and provided the revenue to finance the T-REX project and many others. The newContinue reading “Senate Committee Passes Transportation Bill”

CDOT Unveils Transportation Plan

CDOT’s new transportation plan is big on ideas but low on cash. It has four goals for the State’s roadways: Safety, mobility, economic vitality and maintenance. The plan focuses on operational efficiencies and the use of alternative funding such as toll revenues. CDOT admits that it needs $46 million but has less than half ofContinue reading “CDOT Unveils Transportation Plan”

Bustang Corralled

The Colorado Department of Transportation is pushing back the start of its “Bustang” regional weekday bus service. CDOT has announced that the service’s previously announced April opening was being delayed indefinitely – “at least until late spring or maybe early summer” – while buses run the routes to refine the time schedules, drivers are beingContinue reading “Bustang Corralled”

CDOT Director Advocates for Funding

CDOT’s Executive Director, Shailen Bhatt started his first tour of the state when he’d been in Colorado less than 24 hours. Clearly Mr. Bhatt, who came to Colorado from Delaware, is smart and informed. Without being prompted he pointed out that the Governor voiced his support for the expansion of I-25 during his State ofContinue reading “CDOT Director Advocates for Funding”