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Colorado Springs will receive its share of $14 million in FASTER funds from the state government, according to news from the Colorado Department of Transportation. The Funding Advancement for Surface Transportation and Economic Recovery will be spent for maintenance and equipment for the Front Range Express, a busing service to Denver. It will also be… Continue Reading Springs receives FASTER funds for new buses, maintenance

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PPACG awards $5 million to widen I-25

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The Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments will provide $5 million in local match money to widen Interstate 25  north. The project will expand I-25 to six lanes between Woodmen road and Interquest Parkway. Of the $5 million, $2.3 million comes from Congestion Mitigation Air Quality money and $2.7 million comes from Surface Transportation Program… Continue Reading PPACG awards $5 million to widen I-25

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Colorado transportation officials say an experiment using police cars to pace traffic and reduce congestion on Interstate 70 in the mountains has produced promising preliminary results. The Aug. 13 test was conducted on an 8-mile section of eastbound I-70 between the Eisenhower Tunnel and Silverthorn. Colorado State Patrol and Silverthorn Police patrol cars turned on… Continue Reading Colo. tries easing I-70 backups by pacing traffic

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The U.S. Small Business Administration wants to adjust the size definition of small businesses in the transportation and warehousing sector. The SBA says raising the revenue limits to qualify as a small business reflects changes in the marketplace in the transportation and warehousing sector. The suggested change will affect 22 industries in that economic sector.… Continue Reading SBA ratcheting down on standards to be called ‘small business’

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County headed in right direction with impact fees

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Residential and commercial developers in Falcon and Fountain recently found themselves at odds with El Paso County planners. At issue was who should pay for transportation “oversizing.” Oversizing is the term used to describe items such as turn lanes, gutters, curbs, sidewalks, traffic signals or streetlights that are in excess of the basic infrastructure work… Continue Reading County headed in right direction with impact fees

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The Colorado Transportation Commission announced nearly $21 million will be spent on statewide and regional transit projects over the next three years. The funding, provided through the Funding Advancement for Surface Transportation and Economic Recovery, allows Colorado Springs to replace 34 vanpool vehicles, and maintain Front Range Express commuter buses. El Paso County was awarded… Continue Reading $21 million awarded for statewide transit projects

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Colorado Republican lawmakers say they won’t be bound by transportation projects approved by Democratic Gov. Bill Ritter as part of his FASTER transportation program. State officials disagreed Monday, saying the state plans to sell $300 million in bonds by the end of this week and tampering with the programs might endanger the state’s credit rating.… Continue Reading GOP lawmakers say they’re not bound by FASTER plan

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President Barack Obama on Monday lobbied for Republican support from Capitol Hill for a burst of spending on transportation projects, calling his proposal a jobs creator for the middle class and an overdue investment in the country’s foundation. “There’s no reason why we can’t do this,” Obama said in a brief Rose Garden event. “There’s… Continue Reading Obama touts $50 billion transportation proposal

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If there’s a simple truth about money for major Colorado transportation projects, it’s this: There isn’t much of it. “It’s the worst it’s ever been,” said Craig Casper, the chief transportation engineer for the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments. “And I have records going back to 1967.” PPACG is the region’s metropolitan planning organization.… Continue Reading Bumpy road ahead for road construction projects

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Transportation masterplan open for comment

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The Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments is seeking public comment on the draft Transportation Improvement Program for fiscal years 2010 to 2017. As the region’s metropolitan planning organization, PPACG is responsible for the development of a regional transportation improvement program. The draft “FY 2010 – FY 2017 TIP” includes details about the 65 transportation projects… Continue Reading Transportation masterplan open for comment

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