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Colorado offered $28 million for free transit in August. Most money for smaller agencies has gone unclaimed.

More than $2 million in state money allocated to make public transit free this month — in a push to boost ridership and ease pollution — will go unused as some regional transportation agencies say they don’t have enough drivers to handle a ridership surge.  Statewide, 14 transportation agencies, including the Regional Transportation District in […]

Posted inOpinion, Opinion Columns

Opinion: Shift Colorado’s transportation priorities away from asphalt and toward mass transit

Transformational. Historic. Once in a generation. That’s how the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act has been framed by leaders across the country, including here in Colorado. Now that funding is starting to be dispersed to Colorado, if we aren’t intentional and proactive, this funding could maintain the status quo, or even worse, increase the […]

Posted inClimate, Environment, Growth, News, Transportation

New CDOT rules will force road projects to cut emissions — or else put money toward transit options

Colorado cities and state agencies planning big road projects must now design them to cut greenhouse gas emissions and provide alternative transportation modes for the public, in a historic change of mission passed Thursday by Colorado Department of Transportation commissioners.  The expected 10 to 1 vote has been hailed by conservation groups and some local […]

Posted inNews, Outdoors, Outsider, Transportation

The final phase of restoration in Glenwood Canyon turns to debris-choked Colorado River

GLENWOOD CANYON — Andrew Knapp leans over the railing of Interstate 70 in Glenwood Canyon and scowls at a jumble of rocks clogging the Colorado River. Those piercing piles of boulders — swept down the canyon walls in a cataclysmic rainstorm on July 29 — were rubbing against the retaining wall beneath the highway when […]

Posted inClimate, Environment, News

Can a climate-conscious CDOT build new roads and cut greenhouse gases at the same time?

The state agency that spent a century pouring roadways for trucks and automobiles now finds itself mapping out a new route — and paving the way to reducing impacts of climate change. Colorado Department of Transportation Director Shoshana Lew sees that lane to greenhouse gas cuts when she stands atop a new park that will […]

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I-70 through Glenwood Canyon may reopen as soon as Saturday afternoon

Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon could partially reopen as soon as Saturday afternoon, transportation officials said Wednesday. Crews hope to open two lanes of traffic — one traveling in each direction — through an area that was buried in mud and debris. The reopening depends on weather. Torrential rains in drainages scarred by fire caused the […]