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Erin O'Toole

DENVER, CO (KUNC) - A new report from the Colorado Public Interest Research Group highlights how Coloradans would benefit from improving public transit in the state. Although funding for such projects may be a long way off, the group says the state still needs to have a clear plan. The CoPIRG report says a lack of good public transit options costs Coloradans time and money; aggravates pollution and fosters dependence on foreign oil as well. CoPIRG Director Danny Katz points to one more hitch - congestion on Colorado's highways that's only getting worse.

"Without any new residents, Colorado's car-centered transportation network is already choked. If we have millions more joining us in the next 20 years, which is what some projections have, we're going to be in a lot of trouble unless we have other transit options. And that's what this report is trying to lay out, is different transit options that we have right now."

CoPIRG is suggesting specific transit investments for Colorado, including completion of Denver's FASTRACKS project and a light rail network linking Fort Collins, Greeley and Loveland. Katz acknowledges that funding for projects will likely be tight for a while, but says having a clear, detailed vision in advance of the money is just as important.

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