(Jan. 27) – Rep. Faith Winter’s bill giving the Colorado Department of Transportation the authority to allow public buses to use the shoulder of US 36 in times of high congestion passed the House Transportation & Energy Committee today.
The Regional Transportation District is backing the bill to support its new Flatiron Flyer bus rapid transit service on US36 between Boulder and Denver.
Rep. Winter, D-Westminster, said she sponsored HB16-1008 with misgivings.
“With limited transportation funding we must find innovative solutions to solving congestion,” she said. “Allowing buses on the shoulder expands options for working families to get to their jobs safely and quickly.”
“Our economy is thriving and our population is increasing – and because of it, our transportation infrastructure is just slammed,” she added. “CDOT says we should be spending a billion dollars a year to improve our road system around the state. But under our current budget restrictions, in the next budget year we’ll fall $900 million short of that goal, and the year after that we won’t have a penny for system improvements. We need a legislative fix for our budget mess.”
The bill passed on an 11-2 vote. Next stop: the House floor.