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Transit will be free all day, every day in August for every RTD train, bus and shuttle. This one-month pilot presents an incredible opportunity to make a significant impact on people’s lives in the short-run and to build momentum for a significant improvement in transit in the long-run. That is, if we all get on board. 

News Release | CoPIRG | Transportation

Groups call on CDOT to remove I-25 Central widening from long-term plan

Dozens of people gathered to show support for the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) to remove the I-25 Central expansion project and new highway lanes from its long-term plan, which it is finalizing in the next few months.

News Release | CoPIRG | Transportation

Colorado makes country’s largest per capita state investment in electric school buses

As the school year draws to a close for most students, Gov. Jared Polis signed SB22-193 Thursday morning, making Colorado the national leader in per capita investments in electric school buses and creating the largest state incentive program for e-bikes in the country. The law allocates $65 million to transition the state’s fleet of mainly diesel school buses to cleaner electric alternatives and $12 million for incentives for electric bikes. 

News Release | CoPIRG | Consumer Protection

Colorado governor signs nation’s first Right to Repair wheelchair bill into law

Colorado wheelchair users have won a landmark victory that eventually could affect every U.S. consumer’s right to repair. Gov. Jared Polis signed HB22-1031 into law Thursday, requiring manufacturers of powered wheelchairs to make available parts, tools, repair manuals and digital access to owners and independent repairers at fair and reasonable prices. The new Colorado law also marks the first time a state has passed a right-to-repair bill since Massachusetts voters approved an automotive Right to Repair ballot measure  in 2013. 

News Release | CoPIRG | Transportation

Colorado tackles record-breaking air pollution with big public transit investments

Following one of the worst summers for air pollution in the past decade, Gov. Jared Polis signed a bill on Thursday that expands statewide regional bus service and offers a free month of public transportation statewide during ozone season, among other ambitious clean transportation policies. Colorado is enacting legislation to address transportation-related ozone pollution after the EPA downgraded the state’s highly populated North Front Range region’s ozone problem from “serious” to “severe” in April 2022.

News Release | CoPIRG, Bicycle Colorado, NRDC, SWEEP, Denver Streets Partnership | Transportation

First of $4 billion in transportation investments focuses on transit, biking, safety

With the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) poised to adopt a policy directive articulating the strategies the state and local governments will use to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector, the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) approved $40 million entirely focused on climate-friendly projects including progress on key bus rapid transit lines, a bikeway, and safety projects.

News Release | CoPIRG | Transportation

Fare-free summer transit, expanded state bus service coming to Colorado

With a $68 million investment, the Colorado Legislature approved a bill to provide at least a month of statewide fare-free transit this summer, a near doubling of the Bustang bus service for the next three years and an additional investment in a successful program that improves the safety and comfort of main streets. The bill is based on a November proposal by Gov. Jared Polis aimed at tackling ozone pollution. The bill now heads to the governor’s desk for signature into law.

News Release | CoPIRG | Consumer Protection

New consumer protections tackling predatory towing makes Colorado a national leader

The Colorado General Assembly sent a bill to the governor’s desk that would ramp up consumer protections around predatory towing. In a recent report, Getting Off the Hook of a Predatory Tow, CoPIRG compared state laws around towing and identified a number of abusive practices following a tow that vehicle owners can experience, from charging exorbitant fees to refusing the owner access to the personal items in their vehicle. Based on the new protections, Colorado would be a national leader. 

News Release | CoPIRG | Transportation

Bill investing in electric school buses, e-bikes, and grants to reduce air pollution moves through state legislature towards Polis’ desk

As Colorado’s air pollution continues to worsen, the house passed Senate Bill 193, Air Quality Improvement Investments today. The bill provides a set of initiatives to combat Colorado’s ongoing air pollution, including $65M for electric school buses, $25M for a clean air grant program to reduce air pollution from industrial and manufacturing operations, and $12M for e-bikes.

News Release | CoPIRG | Public Health

Surprise medical billing bill codifies maximum protection

A bipartisan effort to strengthen protections for Colorado residents against surprise billing practices, the Health Insurance Surprise Billing Protections bill (HB22-1284), passed the state legislature yesterday, moving to the Governor’s desk. With the existence of both state and federal laws around surprise billing practices in effect, this bill will effectively merge the two laws, providing insured Colorado residents the maximum protections against surprise medical billing practices.

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