Transportation

31 days of free transit around Colorado

By | Danny Katz
Executive Director

Every day of August, people can ride transit for free on more than 30 local transit systems. Free transit options range from the largest agency in the state to rural systems in the Eastern Plains and the southwest corner of Colorado. Check back here each week as we count down the month. I'll highlight different transit agencies that have zero fares. All aboard!

News Release | U.S. PIRG | Transportation

Statement: Senate vote heralds cleaner future, safer climate

WASHINGTON – Midway through a summer full of brutally hot weather, flash floods and worsening drought, the U.S. Senate passed the largest-ever package of climate and clean energy investments. The Inflation Reduction Act includes roughly $369 billion in climate spending, designed to reduce emissions by 40% by 2030 and put the United States’ Paris Climate Accord goals within reach. The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote on Friday, August 12.

News Release | CoPIRG and Colorado Association of Transit Agencies (CASTA) | Transportation

Colorado will kick off largest zero-fare transit program in country

On Monday, Colorado kicks off the largest zero-fare transit program in the country with 30 agencies poised to waive fares all day, every day of August. Combined, the agencies participating have an average monthly ridership of over 5.8 million trips. 

News Release | Transportation

Thirteen organizations call on Regional Air Quality Board (RAQC) to strengthen ozone pollution reduction plan

As the Regional Air Quality Board (RAQC) prepares to adopt a plan to address ozone pollution in the Denver Metro/North Front Range region, thirteen organizations submitted a letter calling for greater action to reduce dangerous ground-level ozone pollution. After a record-breaking ozone alert season, the RAQC is scheduled to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) on August 5 that is supposed to put the region on track to meet EPA air quality targets. 

News Release | U.S. PIRG | Transportation

STATEMENT: New federal rule would help tackle country’s largest source of global warming pollution: transportation

WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden’s administration announced a new proposed rule on Thursday to address the climate impact of the nation’s transportation system. The rule, proposed by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), will require state transportation departments and ​​metropolitan planning organizations to report the carbon dioxide emissions of vehicles traveling on their respective sections of the federal highway system, and to set declining yearly emissions targets. The public will have 90 days to comment on the proposed rule.

High gas prices are not going anywhere soon, thanks to the supply shocks from the pandemic and the war in Ukraine. Some Americans might be able to switch to bikes or public transportation to avoid the worst of this crisis. But even for those in rural areas who cannot practically or safely make that switch, there are still alternatives.

Update: USDOT now accepting applications for the Reconnecting American Communities program

By | Lisa Frank
Vice President and D.C. Director, The Public Interest Network

Many communities were cut off by highway projects. A new program aims to help.

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