Whew! 2019 is off to a busy start. As the year begins we are watching the
to see how having both houses with a Democrat majority and a Governor who’s also a Democrat looks. Earlier this week I attended a Transportation Stakeholders Meeting put on by Senators Winter and Zenzinger and Representatives Gray and Hanson. Although transportation is not the top priority in terms of bills this year there is some intention on the part of this group of legislatures to start figuring out a solution to Colorado’s transportation funding conundrum.
From the discussions at this meeting and others the current plan is to put together a balanced portfolio of fees that relate to transportation usage in order to avoid TABOR impacts. The hope would be that these fees would be a little pinch for everyone but still add up to real money. Some of the fees suggested or discussed at the meeting included lane mile usage fee (targeting Uber/Lyft rides) and an AV Fee. Their other goal is to keep to fees that tie logically to transportation as they felt the sales tax didn’t do well because it was not associated closely enough with transportation.
We’ll be watching this debate closely with an eye towards keeping transit in the funding allocation, making sure the solution is statewide, long term and dependable so that it can be used for what agencies really need whether that be operating or capital funding.
Colorado’s new Governor has elevated the focus on
Executive Order 2019-2
which among other things states that
the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) shall develop a department electric vehicle policy and plan designed to assure that state transportation investments and programs support widespread transportation electrification aligned with the articulated goals and strategies outlined by the above mentioned workgroup. DTR staff is working through how this will impact the recent call for projects for the VW Settlement funding but it will likely impact future calls for that funding.
Some of you may have noticed a RFP from HCPF for a
which brought up some questions. This RFP was only for 9 counties in the metro area. Although a statewide brokerage has been proposed and discussed, we’ve heard that it will probably be 2020 before we see an RFP for a statewide broker. There will be discussion on this topic at the spring conference so come with questions.
We’ve got some exciting
new training events
coming up in 2019 like an electric bus workshop and we are partnering with Davey Coach on a Maintenance Forum over the summer so stay tuned! Of course we will continue providing a variety of training opportunities throughout the year--it’s not too late to call the CASTA offices if you still need to request some training, let us know what you need.