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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 […]

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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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Colorado seeks $116 million in federal aid for mudslide cleanup along I-70 in Glenwood Canyon

Gov. Jared Polis is seeking $116 million in federal aid to support cleanup and repairs along Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon, after tons of soupy mud and debris cascaded onto the highway, indefinitely closing one of the state’s busiest thoroughfares.  The Polis administration sought the aid through the Federal Highway Administration’s Emergency Relief program and […]

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Colorado wants to add EV chargers to rest areas, but the federal government is blocking the road

By Nathaniel Minor, CPR News Sometime in the near future, Colorado Department of Transportation officials would like for you to be able to pull over at one of its rest areas and charge your electric vehicle. But federal law that prevents the commercialization of interstate right-of-ways — including rest areas, park-and-rides, and similar facilities across […]

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

When Colorado’s greenhouse gas battle comes to her Wheat Ridge driveway, Jan Rose will be ready. Rose believes heart and soul that if the state wants to hit benchmarks of 90% cuts to polluting emissions by 2050, Coloradans will have to drive less, and if they do drive, use a clean electric car. Recent successful […]

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Drafting rules to reduce Colorado’s greenhouse gas emissions may prove even harder because of missing data

A plan to reduce Colorado’s greenhouse gas emissions will be a device of many moving parts and after a review by an Air Quality Control Commission subcommittee Thursday it looks like those parts are moving slowly, with rules in key areas not in place for another year. The timetables rolled out during the session, carried […]

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Coloradans keep rejecting statewide tax questions to fund transportation. Democrats are now eyeing a regional approach.

Coloradans have rejected statewide tax questions to pay for badly needed road improvements and repairs in back-to-back years, most recently earlier this month with Proposition CC. But Democrats are still driven to find a long-term funding pipeline to address problems like crumbling infrastructure and congestion. While their preference remains to find a catch-all fix — […]

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A voluntary effort to speed up the availability of electric vehicles in Colorado has come unplugged

Automakers hoped they could convince Colorado not to adopt controversial zero-emission vehicle standards by volunteering to make more electric-vehicle models available in the state more quickly. But the negotiations have hit a dead end, state officials said Tuesday. “It wasn’t a matter of discussions falling apart, but discussions falling into a different place,” said Shoshana […]