Colorado road funds now can go to varying transit projects

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A new state law that quietly moved through this year's legislature gives cities and counties unprecedented freedom to spend tax dollars on transportation projects other than roads and bridges.

This means communities for the first time can use their share of the $250 million pot of money made up of state fuel sales taxes and license plate fees — known as the Highway Users Tax Fund, or HUTF — on bike and pedestrian lanes and bridges, bus purchases, rail-station construction and other transit-friendly projects.

Previously, HUTF could be used only to build and patch roads and bridges.

Read more at The Denver Post.

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John St Pierre 3 years, 10 months ago

So who and how will road and bridges be replaced/ repaired and paid for????

This is so wrong on so many levels......

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john bailey 3 years, 10 months ago

ahhh, Harvey. spot on. hey where did our FASTER money go? I think I gave enough for elevated I-70 to get put underground. you think the big xitty folks would thank us rural people. single file now, RCR14 is narrow

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John St Pierre 3 years, 10 months ago

"state FUEL fee's.... that means items that relate to FUEL>>>> Vehicles... last I checked Bicycles do not us fuel... and city transit buses don;t pay fuel taxes... these funds were meant tp maintain FUEL related transportation.... next step may be using Lodging Taxes to pay for the new police station... after all the same logic could be used......

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Fred Duckels 3 years, 10 months ago

FASTER money went to finance our new hybrid busses in one instance. Over 40% of the HUTF has already been siphoned for these feel good deals. Does this mean that the parameters have been already set and we now can grab the rest for paths leading to and from hacky sack areas. This means that in our county we can plow up our roads and plant marijuana..Let the Dems have the majority and they make up for a century of waiting on.an overdue wish list.

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Fred Duckels 3 years, 10 months ago

The left has run amok with their ideas with little concern for unintended consequences. This could prove to be disastrous. Right now we are flirting with insanity and the rise in gun sales may not be a coincidence. When has it been smooth when one has to stop and pay the piper?

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Fred Duckels 3 years, 10 months ago

Faster raised vehicle registration fees to finance road maintenance. It was a Dem idea and they had their agenda in mind regardless of the way the bill was sold. So FASTER is a smokescreen to get votes for everything but roads even if some money is used for this purpose in order to keep the faith. Some contractors have shown their support when they receive some of the funds but I look at the big picture. The highway trust fund has already had over 40% siphoned off to support public transportation that carries less than 3% of our traffic. Does $17,000,000,000 ring a bell? With decisions devoid of common sense it becomes obvious that there are those who consider tanking our economy as a means to an end. The decisions at our state legislature are all about the empathy factor, painting the opposition as bad guys and the big motive is votes..

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Fred Duckels 3 years, 10 months ago

On highway projects you will see the FASTER logo to show the benefit but other pet projects go unidentified..

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