Today’s Headlines 5/12/21: The good, the bad and the weird in Colorado’s transportation funding bill

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Centennial State

  • The good, the bad and the weird in Colorado’s 2021 transportation funding bill (Bicycle Colorado)
  • First phase of U.S. 50 and Purcell Boulevard interchange in Pueblo West now 60% complete (The Pueblo Chieftain)
  • How Colorado can — and cannot — spend the $5.7 billion in federal coronavirus stimulus heading its way (The Colorado Sun)
  • Truck driver who killed Colorado State Patrol trooper was convicted of two traffic offenses (The Colorado Sun)
  • ‘Complete Revitalization’: Silverthorne Makes Progress On Four Street Crossing Development (CBS Local)
  • NoCo biz, government group calls on Congress to fund I-25 improvements (Greeley Tribune)

Denver, RTD, and the Metro Area

  • New Denver Bike And Electric Scooter Program Launches Tuesday (CBS Local)
  • Denver might buy more hotels for the homeless, city officials say (BusinessDen)
  • Changes, closures coming soon to I-70 in Denver for CDOT’s Mile High Shift project (The Denver Channel)
  • Denver Air Quality Index: 9 a.m.: 39 (Good). Yesterday’s max: 35 (Good)

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Tuesday’s Headlines 5/11/21: It’s official – Lyft and Lime to bring bike and scooter share to Denver

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Denver, RTD, and the Metro Area

  • Denver to Launch New Bike and Scooter Share Program This Week (DOTI)
  • City Council gives Lyft and Lime sole control of Denver’s bike-and scooter-share market, rezones Loretto Heights for redevelopment and more (The Denver Post)
  • Denver City Council passes resolution to allow only 2 scooter operators (9 News)
  • ‘Bird’ e-scooters make debut in the City of Aurora (KDVR)
  • Update: Via Transit Talks (DRMAC)
  • Denver Air Quality Index: 9 a.m.: 31 (Good). Yesterday’s max: 36 (Good)

Centennial State

  • Major Colorado transportation bill faces first committee test (Colorado Politics)
  • Transportation bill moves forward, even as questions arise about proposed environmental studies the bill still allows a large portion of funding to support highway widening (Denver Business Journal)
  • Voters May Be Asked To Lower The Gas Tax After Colorado Lawmakers Propose A Gas Fee (CBS Local)
  • No more driving to work? That’s what Colorado’s top air quality experts are suggesting (The Denver Channel)
  • Three killed in unrelated car crashes last week (Grand Junction Sentinel)
  • CDOT restoring crosswalk to Boulder Falls trail on Colo. 119 (Tribune Publishing)
  • What’s Driving You Crazy: The rules of solid white lines on city streets, interstates (The Denver Channel)

From Streetsblog

  • Tuesday’s Headlines Won’t Leave You Wanting More (Streetsblog USA)
  • The Trouble with Today’s Automatic Emergency Braking Systems (Streetsblog USA)
  • Drivers Stole 20% of Bike/Walk Dollars Last Year; Here’s How to Stop Them (Streetsblog USA)

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Todays Headlines 5/7/21: Putting Santa Fe on a full road diet

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Denver, RTD, and the Metro Area

  • I-70 is back open following deadly motorcycle crash Friday morning (KDVR)
  • Denver Street Changes and Putting Santa Fe on a “Full Road Diet” (Westword)
  • Transit & Safety Improvements Coming to Stretch of Lincoln Street (DOTI)
  • RTD establishes guiding principles for providing future service – seeks feedback on next steps (The Denver Post)
  • 6 innovative ways to fund climate action and equity in US cities in 2020 Denver passed a new sales tax on non-essential items to help adapt to climate change (Red Green and Blue)
  • Workers are starting to return to downtown Denver, but do they actually want to? (KDVR)
  • Denver Air Quality Index: 9 a.m.: 51 (Moderate). Yesterday’s max: 80 (Moderate).

Centennial State

  • Hickenlooper highlights railroad expansion, infrastructure investments during Pueblo visit (The Pueblo Chieftan)
  • Dillon moving forward with paid overnight parking system (Summit Daily)
  • Pandemic Stimulus Money Is Helping Build Bus Stops In The Middle Of I-25 In Northern Colorado (KUNC)
  • CDOT, local officials eyeing mobility hub in Grand Valley (The Daily Sentinel)

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Today’s Headlines 5/6/21: Is Denver ready to go back to the office?

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Denver, RTD, and the Metro Area

Centennial State

  • It’s Official: ‘Historic’ Coalition Unveils Plan To Pump Billions To Colorado’s Transportation System (Colorado Public Radio)
  • Colorado Democrats introduce ambitious transportation bill (Sentinel Colorado)
  • Steamboat Springs seeks state grant for various downtown projects including new bike lanes, sidewalks (Steamboat Pilot)
  • What could proposed train expansion do for small towns (The Denver Channel)

From Streetsblog

  • New Bike Safety Ranking Packs Some Surprises in former rankings, Colorado took the 8th spot (Streetsblog USA)
  • Talking Headways Podcast: Rethinking City and Commuter Transportation (Streetsblog USA)
  • Induced Demand for Thursday’s Headlines (Streetsblog USA)

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Today’s Headlines 5/5/21: How a new emphasis on safer streets could drive big change in Colorado

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It’s National Bike to School Day! Learn more about how Colorado celebrates the day here

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Denver, RTD, and the Metro Area

  • National Bike to School Day; here’s what bicyclists and drivers need to know (KDVR)
  • RTD’s Going To Take A Hard Look At Its ‘Very Expensive’ Fares (Colorado Public Radio)
  • Traffic Alert: Lane Closures Planned On Lincoln Street In Denver For Transit & Safety Improvements including increased hours for a transit-only lane (CBS Local)
  • RTD Aims To Learn How To Better Serve Riders In New Study (CBS Denver)
  • New ‘Smart’ Cycling Study Underway in Denver (CBS Denver)
  • RTD vows to listen to community (Douglas County News Press)
  • Denver City Council Passes ‘Healthy Residential Rentals For All’ (CBS Denver)
  • New Arches Welcome Visitors To South Pearl Street (CBS Denver)
  • First electric scooters coming to Aurora next week (Sentinel Colorado)
  • The best cheap electric bike That feeling when passing cars stuck in traffic? Still priceless. (KDVR)
  • Preparing for a Crisis (Inside Higher Ed)
  • Denver Air Quality Index: 9 a.m.: 40 (Good). Yesterday’s max: 48 (Good).

Centennial State

  • Colorado Democrats formally introduce their transportation-fee bill with Republican, business community support (The Colorado Sun)
  • ‘It Hits The Mark’: Large Part Of $5 Billion Colorado Transportation Bill Focuses On Electric Cars but electric cars are still no substitute for walking, biking, and transit (CBS Denver)
  • Colorado officials roll out $3.8 billion fee hike plan to fund transportation (The Center Square)
  • 22-year-old killed in car crash in Boulder County (99.1)

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Today’s Headlines 5/4/21: RTD may get more power to lower fares

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Denver, RTD, and the Metro Area

  • A Bill To Give RTD More Power To Lower Fares And Raise Revenue Lands On Polis’ Desk (Colorado Public Radio)
  • RTD looking at whether to change fares (Denver 7)
  • Throwing a Pandemic-friendly Bike “Rodeo” (Bicycle Colorado)
  • Denver South Employees Transportation Champions (DRMAC)
  • Transportation Requirements for New Developments (DOTI)
  • VIA Transit Talks (DRMAC)
  • Denver Air Quality Index: 9 a.m.: 36 (Good). Yesterday’s max: 40 (Good).

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Monday’s Headlines 5/3/21: Person walking dies after being struck by A-Line train

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Denver, RTD, and the Metro Area

  • Pedestrian Dies After Crash With RTD A-Line (CBS Local)
  • You can eat on Denver streets and sidewalks for at least another year (Denverite)
  • RTD to begin 18-month fare study due to ‘burdensome’ cost for many customers (9 News, Sentinel Colorado)
  • Public transit hopes to win back riders after crushing year (The Denver Post)
  • Denver RTD establishes guiding principles for providing future service (Mass Transit)
  • One-third of scooter rides replaced a car trip (KDVR)
  • Man arrested after ramming patrol car and leading officers on car chase, police say (9 News)
  • Autonomous vehicles could come to Golden (Arvada Press)
  • Denver Air Quality Index: 9 a.m.: 38 (Good). Yesterday’s max: 61 (Moderate).

Centennial State

  • There’s a storied history behind Gypsum’s modest pedestrian bridge (VailDaily)
  • Connecting Colorado: Front Range Passenger Rail Legislation Clears Committee (EIN News)
  • Man accused of hitting, killing CSP trooper in 2016 scheduled to appear in court Monday following two mistrials (KDVR)

From Streetsblog

  • What is ‘Traffic Violence’ and Why Do We Need To Talk About It? (Streetsblog USA)
  • Monday’s Headlines Because We’re Doing This (Streetsblog USA)

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Friday’s Headlines 4/30/21: Can Open Streets outlast the pandemic?

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Denver, RTD, and the Metro Area

  • Can ‘Open Streets’ Outlast the Pandemic? (Bloomberg CityLab)
  • Future Denver Developers Must Promote Alternatives To Driving (CBS Local)
  • Suncor’s Outdated Air Pollution Permit Is Up For Renewal. Here’s What’s At Stake (Colorado Public Radio)
  • The Ups And Downs Of Rail In The West, Both Past And Present (Colorado Public Radio)
  • Denver Police Increase Patrols Along Federal Boulevard For Cinco de Mayo Celebrations (CBS Local)
  • Update: 1 person seriously injured after crash involving car and A-Line train (KDVR)
  • New canopy design will bring 100 additional trees to Denver’s 16th Street Mall (KDVR)
  • New bike corral at 17th and Williams! (DOTI)
  • Denver Air Quality Index: 9 a.m.: 37 (Good). Yesterday’s max: 67 (Moderate).

Centennial State

  • Transportation bill lays out fees, fares and inflation (Colorado Politics)
  • Front Range Passenger Rail District legislation advances in committee (KRDO)
  • After Deadliest Year For Motorcycles On Colorado Roads, The Focus Is On Helmet Safety (CBS Local)
  • Colorado clean car advocates applaud Biden plan to reject Trump rollback (Colorado Politics)
  • Longmont’s Main Street set for a remodel by reimagining outdoor seating (The Denver Channel)
  • People of color more exposed than whites to air pollution (Sentinel Colorado)

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Thursday’s Headlines 4/29: Driver disregards crossing signals, crashes with A-Line train

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Denver, RTD, and the Metro Area

  • Driver injured after car strikes RTD train in Aurora Wednesday Police say driver “disregarded the lowered level crossing signals as the train approached” (Sentinel Colorado, Denver Post)
  • RTD begins planning on how to win back riders, even as it faces new opposition to Northwest Rail (Denver Business Journal)
  • Mile High United Way Teams Up With Lyft For Transportation To COVID Vaccine Appointments (CBS Local)
  • Denver to reduce part of Federal to two lanes Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday ahead of Cinco de Mayo (Denverite)
  • Suspect In Street Racing Event That Blocked I-225 In Aurora Was Later Hit By Car And Killed (CBS Local)
  • Denver police officer accused of crashing into fellow officer, arrested on suspicion of vehicular assault (The Denver Post)
  • Denver Air Quality Index: 9 a.m.: 44 (Good). Yesterday’s max: 44 (Good).

Centennial State

  • Walkable Main will not return to Breckenridge despite 83% of businesses and 86% of residents supporting its return (Summit Daily)
  • Longmont City Council to consider allowing electric scooters on public paths, city sidewalks (Times-Call)
  • Improvements to Grand Ave and 1st St intersection beginning mid-May “To make the intersection better for drivers, CDOT is planning on widening roads” (KJCT 8)
  • CDOT holds open house to discuss details on I-70B construction project (Western Slope Now)

From Streetsblog

  • Thursday’s Headlines to Keep the Fun Going (Streetsblog USA)
  • Calculator Shows How Many Cars Will Come To Your Town’s New Highway (Streetsblog USA)
  • ZOOM CALL: Experts See Opportunities in Biden Highway Plan (Streetsblog USA)

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Wednesday’s Headlines 4/28/21: Best Foot Forward

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Denver, RTD, and the Metro Area

  • Denver cop faces possible vehicular assault charge for wrong-way crash (KDVR)
  • Lime, Lyft move closer to taking over Denver’s streets, but some city lawmakers are skeptical about the potential rollout (Denverite, BizWest)
  • Motorcycle Catches Fire After Rider Crashes Into Wall On Federal Boulevard (CBS Denver)
  • Driver charged in fatal high-speed crash in Denver (9 News)
  • CO: RTD retained more frequent service during pandemic in communities that need transit the most (Mass Transit)
  • Formation of Front Range Passenger Rail district gets wide-ranging support (Denver Business Journal)
  • Sale of old Denver railyard could mean moving I-25, new rail lines and vertical development (9 News)
  • Amazon’s first electric vans started delivering packages in the Denver area this week (The Colorado Sun)
  • The Denver Trolley gets a facelift in a year without riders (Denverite)
  • Caught on camera: Bike thieves break into locked storage room for their score (KDVR)
  • Residents In Some Denver Neighborhoods Say Illegal Motorcycle Racing Is Common Occurrence (CBS Denver)
  • Former RTD board members call for options in FasTracks plan, stating Northwest Rail isn’t ‘cost effective’ (Times Call)
  • Denver Air Quality Index: 9 a.m.: 35 (Good). Yesterday’s max: 45 (Good).

Centennial State

  • LETTERS: Get real about light rail; who wants these trains? *raises hand*
    (The Gazette)
  • It’s National Work Zone Awareness Week (Western Slope Now)
  • New stoplight near Sleeping Giant School won’t be ready for first day of school (Steamboat Pilot & Today)

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