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Polis lays out robust, detailed infrastructure plan, addressing Colorado needs

Plan prioritizes I-70 and I-25 congestion, rural broadband, school facilities, and train horn noise

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Washington, July 13, 2017 | comments

WASHINGTON: Today, Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., sent a detailed infrastructure plan to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in the House of Representatives. Polis submitted the letter as the committee is considering large-scale infrastructure investment legislation. 

Polis’s plan lays out specific Colorado needs -- addressing I-70 and I-25 congestion; the Northwest Rail Line delay; Quiet Zone waivers under the Train Horn Rule; high-speed internet for rural communities like Kremmling, Red Cliff, Estes Park, and Bailey; and outdated school facilities. 

The letter reads, in part:

“For far too long, we have underinvested and relied on short-term funding measures that do not provide the level of funding or stability we need to support our growing economy,” said Polis. “An innovative and conscientious 'infrastructure package' will bring our infrastructure system into the 21st century and provide a jumpstart to our economy and businesses from urban to rural to suburban areas by providing more connections, more opportunities, and creating millions of good paying jobs.”

Read the entire letter here.

Polis has continuously fought to strengthen Colorado's infrastructure.

  • In 2010, Polis helped secure a Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant for $10 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation for the Managed Lanes/Bus Rapid Transit Project on a portion of U.S. 36 from Boulder to Denver, including one managed lane in each direction on U.S. 36. The grant also helped support bus rapid transit operations for the corridor; a commuter bikeway; and an intelligent transportation system for toll collection and incident management. 
  • In October 2016, Rep. Polis led a letter urging the Appropriations Committees in the Senate and House of Representatives to appropriate funds for Colorado roadways impacted by the 2013 floods. In December 2016, Congress allocated over $1 billion in funding for the Emergency Relief Program, meaning that U.S. 34 received $78 million for repairs.  This funding was in addition to securing $450 million in federal aid for critical emergency repairs following the 2013 floods. 
  • Polis has also consistently urged the Federal Rail Administration (FRA) to allow the public to weigh in on the train horn rule.  Now he is waiting for a new FRA Administrator to be named and will continue to advocate for the Rule to be opened and changed.  In addition, he has urged the Government Accountability Office to study the train horn rule in order to reevaluate its effectiveness and is waiting on the results of that study.  

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