April 27, 2019

Denver, CO – The Colorado State Senate today voted 22-to-12 to pass SB19-239, Address Impacts of Transportation Changes, a bill sponsored by Senators Faith Winter (D-Westminster) and Jeff Bridges (D-Greenwood Village) that would study changes in transportation technologies and identify how those changes might impact transportation funding. The bill now heads to the Colorado House of Representatives for consideration.

“The way we get around is changing, but the way we fund our state’s transportation infrastructure has not,” said Senator Winter. “By bringing together a diverse group of stakeholders to discuss the future of transportation and how those changes might impact transportation funding, we can make sure we are making meaningful investments that will improve the lives of Coloradans around the state.”

“There are incredible innovations in transportation technology, and we want to make sure that Colorado continues to be a leader in that space,” said Senator Bridges. “To do that, we need to understand how these changes are impacting people and communities across Colorado. Then, we can make necessary changes that will foster innovation, invest in our transportation infrastructure, and make sure everyone benefits. ”

SB19-239 would require the Department of Transportation (CDOT) to convene and consult with a stakeholder group to examine how changes in transportation technology and business models might impact how Colorado funds transportation. The stakeholder group would be required to present its findings and recommendations regarding the impacts and means of addressing them to CDOT by November 1, 2019. In addition to required status updates, CDOT must present a final written report regarding the stakeholder group, rule-making processes, and rules promulgated to the transportation legislation review committee.

For more information on SB19-239, please visit: https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/sb19-239.