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DENVER - While many college students are spending their spring breaks vacationing on the beach, one group of local students is spending the week trying to change Colorado's transportation system.
These students say they will not stop until lawmakers take notice.
Tuesday was day three of a six-day, 12-city tour stretching across Colorado. The students say they are pushing transportation issues that affect them directly.
"I ride public transit everyday. It enables me to flourish in life. It enables me to attend school; to maintain my quality of life," Metro State College student Bryon Musante said.
Students say one issue they are focusing on most of all is to get more RTD access points. They say they are also looking for other ways to fund the FasTracks initiative.
"It's funded by sales tax, and as the economy recesses funding just goes down. It's right as the economy recesses, when people want to ride the rails and other public transit the most," University of Colorado at Boulder student Will Webster said.
Students say promoting light rail will also help address global warming in a world where their children and grandchildren will one day live.
Musante was quick to point to a graph showing that people who live around the light rail stations spend the least amount in gas.
The students are also pushing for a high-speed public transportation rail that would go across the Interstate 70 corridor.
"Everybody is talking about: it's going to cost so much money, it's going to cost so much money. We don't even have anything on the table yet," Colorado Public Interest Research Group (CoPIRG) Grassroots Coordinator Irene Cadwell said.
The students say they acknowledge that the biggest hurdle to overcome is funding. They say they plan to ask lawmakers to re-look at a 2008 Colorado Department of Transportation proposition about certain tax increases.
If you would like to show your support for changes to Colorado's transportation system, the students ask you to fill out a form at: http://www.copirgstudents.org/transit/show-your-support.
For a complete list of all tour stops, you can find their itinerary at http://www.copirgstudents.org/springbreak.
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