Transportation

Courtesy Virgin Hyperloop One

Imagine getting off your flight at DIA, buckling into a chair inside a pod encased in a vacuum-sealed tube, blasting off at 700 mph and arriving anywhere in northern Colorado under 20 minutes.

That’s the type of mobility promised by new technology dubbed “the hyperloop.”

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More people than ever are using the state’s roads, buses and rail lines to get around. As we learned from your Curious Colorado questions, you have a lot of questions about how the state’s transportation systems will keep up with the ever-growing population.

Colorado Department of Transportation

A major stretch of US highway 34 through Big Thompson Canyon is set to reopen just in time for the Memorial Day holiday.

The route will be accessible to the public starting May 24 at 4 p.m., said Johnny Olson, Colorado Department of Transportation regional director.  

“The Thursday before Memorial weekend we will be opening that up,” he said.

Courtesy Photo, Dave Anderson of InSync Photography + Design.

A statewide coalition of business and community leaders is one step closer to getting a sales tax increase for transportation projects on the November ballot.

On Friday, the group announced it would seek signatures to get an increase of 0.62 percent in front of voters. Before the end of the legislative session, the coalition submitted language for five titles ranging from 0.35 percent to a full 1 percent increase.

Its effort is now focused on just one.

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Colorado lawmakers wrapped up their annual legislative session this week. Even though the session was often overshadowed by sexual harassment allegations and the expulsion of former Rep. Steve Lebsock, lawmakers and the governor said it was one of the most successful sessions in history

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A proposal to get more money for Colorado’s aging and congested transportation system is on its legislative journey. The bipartisan bill, a top priority for legislative leaders and the governor, would send the question of a sales tax increase to voters and allow the state to borrow $3.5 billion for roads and infrastructure. The first committee hearing lasted about seven hours.  

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In a first-of-its-kind beer run, a self-driving semi truck has successfully long-hauled booze across Colorado’s Front Range.

Beyond the technological achievement, the trip brings up big questions about the future of transportation and the trucking industry’s viability — not just in Colorado, but around the world.

Otto, a self-driving truck service and a subsidiary of Uber, announced the delivery of about 45,000 cans of Budweiser from Anheuser-Busch’s production facility north of Fort Collins to Colorado Springs.  

Colorado Department of Transportation

A third lane traveling in both directions on I-25 in Northern Colorado could break ground as soon as 2017 -- if another $25 million can be added to the pot.

The North Front Range Metropolitan Planning Organization, a group of local representatives from Front Range cities and counties, have contributed a total of $25 million already. Having lost out recently on $137.6 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation, the group hopes to fill the gap by going after other grants.

“We wish we had gotten that [DOT] grant, but it’s not going to stop us,” said Fort Collins mayor pro tem Gerry Horack.

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Travelers will soon be able to board a train from Denver’s Union Station to Denver International Airport. The route will be fast, cheap and -- Mayor Michael Hancock hopes -- the first piece of the aerotropolis puzzle.

The plan is to parcel out more than 9,000 acres of land surrounding the airport to companies specializing in tech, agriculture, aerospace and more. Hancock promises the plan will herald new jobs and innovation, and will make the Denver area more competitive worldwide. But the first step is getting people there. That’s where the Regional Transportation District’s new University of Colorado A-Line commuter train comes in.

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Nearly everyone agrees I-70 winter ski traffic is terrible. But can data help the savvy traveler avoid the worst days?

We collected five years of winter weekend travel times from the Colorado Department of Transportation. By analyzing data that is not readily available to the public, we were able to identify some trends. Will the findings shave minutes off your ski commute? Maybe. But we're not making any promises.

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