21st Century Transportation for Colorado
CONNECTING COLORADO—CoPIRG is working to ensure the completion of the Metro-Denver FasTracks system, and is fighting for alternative transportation solutions like high-speed rail along the Front Range, passenger rail along I-70 to the ski slopes and rapid bus connectivity everywhere in between.
GIVING COLORADANS TRANSIT OPTIONS
Our current transportation system has many of us stuck on crumbling roads and bridges endlessly waiting in traffic, all the while spewing air pollution and consuming billions of barrels of overseas oil.
Light rail, clean bus systems, and other public transit should play a greater part in Colorado's transportation future. Efficient public transportation systems reduce the number of cars on the road and increase our options for getting around.
We’re working for more and better transit by encouraging public support for new projects and improved service, like the completion of the metro Denver FasTracks light-rail system, and the construction of passenger rail along I-70.
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TRANSPORTATION SOLUTIONS FOR COLORADO
- FasTracks: Back in 2004, Denver-area voters approved a 4-cent sales tax to construct a nine-spoke light rail system to reduce traffic congestion and provide alternative ways to travel around the metro area. Unfortunately, the economic downturn has created a shortfall for the project funding, and construction on several of the lines has fallen behind. So CoPIRG is working to secure full funding to complete this important project.
- I-70 Rail: I-70 is a critical artery for our state, whether it’s the goods coming from the West Coast or the skiers and hikers coming from the Front Range. Unfortunately, it’s choked with traffic and worn down. Fixing I-70 will be extremely costly, but ignoring it is not an option. The Colorado Department of Transportation has announced they are taking a critical step to pursue the comprehensive solution of both upgrading the safety of sections of the road while also investing in rail options that get people out of their cars. But there are many more hurdles to overcome before this becomes a reality.
CoPIRG will continue our campaign, with grassroots support from Coloradans like you, to move forward passenger rail options along I-70.
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