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RTD wants more housing near stations. It may sacrifice parking spots to make that happen.

RTD is expected to vote Tuesday on a new transit-oriented development policy that would make 35% of housing units built on its properties affordable.

Transportation

Governor says Colorado is “bruised, battered and shaken,” but will be built back better than before

The biggest policy proposal Jared Polis introduced during his third State of the State speech, which we annotated, was around taxes

Politics and Government

Colorado wants to put electric vehicle charging stations in every state park. Now it must find funding.

Colorado Parks & Wildlife officials support environmental groups who want a vast expansion of electrical hookups at the very spots most threatened by climate change

Environment

Big Idea: Colorado drivers shouldn’t lose licenses just for being too poor to pay court fines

State Rep. Leslie Herod says we should stop taking away driver’s licenses for failing to pay hefty fees completely unrelated to driving crimes.

Politics and Government

Longmont may still get its long-promised RTD rail line. But it may need help from Amtrak.

Boulder County voter agreed in 2004 to tax themselves to pay FasTracks rail service and have kicked in $500 million as the 38-mile Northwest line has evolved without stops in Boulder and Longmont.

Transportation

When is clean hydrogen fuel coming for Colorado cars, and who needs to get ready?

Hydrogen pumping stations are all over California and could be in the Denver metro area by the end of this year. Will state lawmakers and industry do the work and provide the incentives to boost zero emissions?

Transportation
hydrogen fuel pumping station

The road to greenhouse gas cuts: Are Colorado drivers ready?

Power plants and oil drillers are cutting back emissions, now this is the year your car gets involved.

Environment

RTD gets federal coronavirus relief dollars, reverses furloughs

Despite receiving some financial respite, the agency is not calling back 90 non-union employees who left in recent weeks because their jobs are still deemed unnecessary given reduced agency services

Transportation

Opponents urge federal board to reject revival of Tennessee Pass railroad along Arkansas, Eagle rivers

Shipping hazardous material through Arkansas River Valley is “unconscionable,” Chaffee County commissioners say, joining more than 50 residents, business and environmental groups raising opposition to returning trains to long-dormant lines.

Transportation

New RTD boss questions wisdom of still pursuing the long-promised Denver-Boulder train

RTD promised the line in 2004 as part of the voter-approved FasTracks program, but rising costs have delayed the project by decades

News

Colorado was an early adopter of roundabouts. Now, motorists across the U.S. are driving in circles.

American drivers largely dismissed them for more than a century -- until pioneers like Golden and Vail proved they can work

Transportation

New plans for rail traffic over Colorado’s Tennessee Pass spark protest from grain-hauling competitor

Rio Grande Pacific Corp. inked a lease for the long-dormant rail line through Colorado's high country, floating the possibility of oil cars in Browns Canyon

Transportation

Colorado lawmakers considering new fee on gallon of gas to boost money for roads

Gov. Jared Polis has made clear to lawmakers he wants a bipartisan deal this session, according to advocates who say this year could break the impasses in prior sessions

Politics and Government

Free to good home: Century-old bridge spanning the Arkansas River near Cañon City

Martin Marietta needs a new bridge to its gravel mine. But first it has to find a home for the historic 20-ton Parkdale Bridge

Coloradans

It will take $130M to get more EVs on Colorado roads. Xcel wants its customers to cover the cost.

Consumer advocates and the PUC staff are troubled by how much influence Xcel Energy had in developing a $30 million rebate program funded by electric customers

Environment

Anticipating a bust, the Colorado coal town of Craig gets an unexpected boost

Northwest Colorado is grieving the looming loss of a major industry and the pandemic has hurt. But the broader economy is beginning to perk up. "We are not victims," Craig chamber boss says.

Energy

Wildfires make work to reduce Colorado’s greenhouse gas emissions even more crucial, Gov. Polis says

In an address to state air-quality regulators, Polis reaffirmed ambitious climate-related goals. But some say the roadmap to reach them lacks urgency.

Environment

Durango’s ridiculed Bridge to Nowhere suddenly has clear road ahead

After a decade of delays and legal fights, the largest project in the history of that region of southwest Colorado will ease traffic and safety problems

Transportation

Winter Park ski train won’t run this season because of coronavirus, set to return in 2022

The train’s hiatus this season is another blow to Colorado’s ski industry, which is trying to figure out how to safely reopen resorts this winter amid the pandemic

Outdoors
Passengers on Amtrak's Winter Park Ski Train soak in a sunrise in March 2019. (Jesse Paul, The Colorado Sun)

$5.6 million grant awarded to help pay for work along Southwest Chief route

The grant will help pay for upgrading 12.4 miles of rail near Lamy, New Mexico and replacing thousands of ties south of Raton Pass and along another section of track

Transportation
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