Blog Posts By:

Danny Katz,
Executive Director

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. 

Thank you to these legislators for leading the way on a number of important public interest issues.

The 2022 Colorado legislative session was a productive one. Here at CoPIRG, we’re celebrating a lot. Bills to ban PFAS from many consumer products, and develop a producer responsibility waste system to cut unnecessary packaging and expand curbside recycling. The nation’s first non-vehicular Right to Repair bill and a nation-leading bill on consumer protections around predatory towing. We also saw new protections from toxic air pollutants and major investments in electric school buses, e-bikes, fare-free transit, Bustang, and cleaner buildings. 

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and local leaders are weighing the future of I-25 Central from about Santa Fe through Speer Blvd in Denver. It’s critical they avoid the temptation to widen the highway, recruiting even more cars through this unreliable, polluted, traffic-choked stretch. Instead, this is the perfect project, place and moment to expand travel options so more people can complete more trips without needing to drive.

With its greenhouse gas reduction rule in place, Colorado’s Department of Transportation (CDOT) becomes one of the leading states in tackling the single biggest source of climate pollution - the transportation sector. Success will be determined by how well it is implemented. The next six months will be critical.

On the heels of Governor Polis’s proposal to add another $40 million to a program designed to make our main streets more people-friendly, I sat down with the Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), Shoshana Lew, to talk about the success of their Main Streets program. One takeaway - keep the money coming!

Governor Polis’s proposal includes over $250 million for reducing the cost of riding transit, rolling out more e-bikes and electric school buses, replacing dirty diesel trucks, and boosting a program that makes main streets safer and more comfortable for people to walk, bike, roll, ride transit and live their lives. The next big investment we need - increased transit service.

We can't afford another summer of air pollution like this one. We need unprecedented collaboration on a local, state, and federal level to significantly expand clean travel options to tackle one of the largest contributing factors to our dirty air days - gas and diesel-powered vehicles. The clock is ticking. The solutions are out there. 

The 2021 Colorado General Assembly took major steps forward in protecting utility customers and our planet. HB21-1131 will result in better transparency and more open and accountable governing practices for members of utility cooperatives and SB21-103 reauthorizes and strengthens Colorado’s Utility Consumer Advocate. 

Denver and the North Front Range missed a deadline to reduce ozone pollution...again. Exceeding ozone air quality limits is bad. However, Colorado is poised to take big actions in the next six months that, done right, could put us on track for the clean air days we deserve.