It’s Official: ‘Historic’ Coalition Unveils Plan To Pump Billions To Colorado’s Transportation System

By Nathaniel Minor for CPR | May 4, 2021

They stood shoulder to shoulder on the Capitol’s rotunda stairs Tuesday: transportation officials, the head of an environmental group, representatives from business groups, Democrats and even two Republicans.

They were a “historic coalition,” Gov. Jared Polis announced from a podium below, the product of more than 100 meetings meant to build support for the day’s occasion: a long-awaited transportation funding bill.

The bill, SB21-260, aims to raise $3.784 billion in new revenue through fees on everything from gasoline sales to food delivery. Another $1.484 billion will come from the state’s general fund and one-time stimulus funding.

“No more U-turns. No more detours,” Polis said at the announcement on Tuesday afternoon. “It’s time for action to fix our roads and our transportation infrastructure. This plan moves us boldly forward in the right direction.”