Plan, Prepare and Build for the Future

My husband and I both worked full time while raising our two kids. Having dinner together was important to us so it was maddening when I missed dinner, and missed bedtime, because I was stuck in traffic.

Today, because of our congested roads, the average Coloradan commutes an additional 22 minutes. By 2035, you can expect an average of another 70 minutes on top of that commute. Traffic is projected to get worse because we haven’t prepared for where we are today, we are desperately trying to catch up and we aren’t building for the future — a future that forecasters predict includes another 4 million people moving to Colorado by 2050. We need to keep our system safe for the ever increasing number of drivers.

Let’s be bold and innovative now, and embrace solutions that allow us to live our lives, not sit in traffic. Colorado can have a more sustainable transportation system with more choices and increased mobility. We can move people, not just cars by investing in an all-of-the-above strategy that includes better roads, commuter rail, bus-rapid-transit, dedicated walking and bike routes, van pools and ride shares. Together, we can build a future with fewer trips, lower emissions, and more transportation options.

Colorado has gone too long without preparing for growth. Our deteriorating roads and inadequate transit systems hold our state back and cost us time and money. Our state is innovative and forward looking, but we must invest in our infrastructure so that now, and in the future, Colorado’s transportation system works for everyone.

— → Read my plan for infrastructure.

A lack of statewide transportation investments is leaving rural Colorado behind. Communities with smaller tax bases, particularly in rural counties, do not receive the support they need from the state, yet we need a statewide system that serves both urban and rural communities.

Throughout Colorado, we face critical transportation needs. People are driving ever-longer distances to work, choking rural and mountain roads that have limited capacity. Businesses trying to move goods face long and expensive delays. And residents and tourists who want to enjoy the mountains cancel their trips because of traffic.

While some highway improvements are needed, especially in rural areas, in the long-term trying to only “widen” our way out of traffic is expensive and inefficient. We can build a coordinated system of transportation options, from rail to buses to bikes, that will allow us to reduce congestion, improve health, and protect Colorado’s environment and air quality.

We have big opportunities in front of us. Over half of all car trips in Colorado are less than 3 miles. That gives us an ability to think differently, about moving people not just cars. And we can envision a future where most trips aren’t powered by fossil fuels. Today in Colorado, transportation is the second largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. We can change this by making Colorado the best state in the country to drive an electric vehicle. I believe my grandkids will never drive a car powered by fossil fuels — one of the most important changes we will see in the decades ahead. Colorado is already the best place in the country to buy an electric vehicle, but we need be the best state in the country to drive an electric vehicle by investing in charging stations throughout our state.

As governor, I’ll bring the experience needed to tackle these challenges. I developed the largest rural infrastructure program in Colorado’s history that has rebuilt or replaced over 380 aging schools across Colorado, mostly in poor or rural communities. Time and again, I have been able to develop innovative solutions to move projects forward that had previously been stalled.

These are the types of investments we need to ensure Colorado remains an innovative and prosperous state. Colorado’s quality of life and strong economy both need high-functioning infrastructure. As governor, I will lead on smart, innovative investments that can help us build the infrastructure for a thriving, equitable, and healthy Colorado that we all want.

— → Read my full plan for infrastructure.

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