Transportation Funding

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Colorado's Democratic House speaker said Wednesday she wants to ask voters this November if the state government can keep excess tax revenue to spend in future years on underfunded roads and schools.

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Drivers beware: Groundbreaking for construction along a 14-mile stretch of I-25 is starting as soon as next month. That means delays as work gets underway.

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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.

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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.

Bente Birkeland / Capitol Coverage

Tempers are flaring in the final weeks of Colorado's legislative session and some of the top priorities for lawmakers are in serious jeopardy of failing.

Senate President Kevin Grantham, R-Canon City, brought reporters into his office for a hastily called news conference Thursday, April 20, to explain why his bipartisan bill that would ask voters for billions of dollars for transportation projects could soon be dead.

Bente Birkeland / Capitol Coverage

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.  

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.

Jim Hill / KUNC

State lawmakers are set to debate the annual budget, which funds everything from roads and schools, to health care and parks. In 2016, Colorado has a shortfall, so that means making budget cuts. So what are some of the major budget issues? We asked the reporters working the hallways of the capitol to find out.

Colorado Department of Transportation

Hordes of skiers headed into Colorado's mountains over President's Day weekend. For most of them, it's a pretty good bet they experienced traffic congestion on I-70.

As Colorado's population grows, are these delays getting worse? It's a question worth asking. To learn the answer, KUNC analyzed five years of winter weekend travel time data from the Colorado Department of Transportation. The findings may surprise you.

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Text of Gov. John Hickenlooper's 2016 State of the State address, as prepared and delivered, Jan. 14, 2016.

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