Bipartisan Federal Infrastructure Act, Coupled with Historic Infrastructure Investment in Colorado, Will Fix Roads and Bridges, Help Our Economy and Address Climate Issues

WASHINGTON DC – Today Governor Polis was invited by President Biden to join a bipartisan group of lawmakers, officials and Americans at the signing ceremony for the new bipartisan Federal Infrastructure Investment Act and employment. This new bipartisan law complements Colorado’s significant and historic achievements in achieving sustainable transportation that leads the nation in multiple areas. This summer, Governor Polis signed bipartisan Senate Bill 260, a package establishing a holistic framework for clean transportation and fixing our infrastructure.

“I am delighted to join in the signing of the historic bipartisan infrastructure bill. This important action means jobs and better roads as well as a strong initial package to improve air quality and make progress on climate issues. This new law, coupled with Colorado’s strong bipartisan infrastructure package that I was proud to sign into law this year, will help fix our roads, reduce traffic, invest in Front Range Rail, and protect our air and water.” , Governor Polis said. “Bipartisan investment in Colorado’s infrastructure positions us well to benefit from new federal funds from the Federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Act.”

Governor Polis was one of the first governors in the country to support this new federal law.

“We are excited to see the federal government complement what we already have underway in Colorado,” said CDOT Executive Director Shoshana Lew. “Our state has already passed landmark legislation that establishes sustainable revenue for the future and fixes our roads and bridges and puts our state miles ahead on issues like accelerating electrification, providing more choices to consumers as we plan our infrastructure in ways that are cleaner and tackle air quality, especially in places hardest hit by pollution from transportation and other sources. Federal resources will augment Colorado’s peak efforts.

“Historic investments in electric vehicle charging infrastructure as part of the bipartisan infrastructure package are critical to building a nationwide network of charging stations to make electric vehicles a viable choice for all drivers. “said Will Toor, executive director of the Colorado Energy Office. “Here in Colorado, this will complement our own plans to invest half a billion dollars in electric vehicle infrastructure across our state.”

Colorado reportedly expects to receive nearly $1 billion above baseline for federal highway assistance programs over five years under new Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act over five years. More information on the new law.

Key Colorado infrastructure accomplishments include:

  • Establish sustainable revenue streams that consider how all car and truck users interact with the transportation system today. This ensures that everyone pays their fair share and sets up Colorado for a stable flow of funding as we rapidly move away from traditional fossil-fuel vehicles;

  • Putting Colorado on track to implement the Polis administration’s 10-year capital plan to repair Colorado’s roads, bridges and multimodal system. Colorado is already on track to deliver record fixes to rural roads and bridges as well as landmark projects such as Floyd Hill, Vail Pass, pending repairs to the Eisenhower Tunnel and key segments of I-25. which include both roads and rapid bus infrastructure. These projects will improve safety, reduce traffic congestion as the state expands, and incorporate more transit options so consumers have choice. Funding from the federal program should accelerate the completion of our 10-year plan by several years.

  • Made a record investment in Colorado’s transition to electric vehicles. Colorado is already a leader in the transition to electric vehicles, with a history of strong consumer incentives, significant utility investments in electric vehicle charging infrastructure, and being the first state in the countries to adopt zero-emission vehicle standards with the support of associations representing 99% of car manufacturers. Electric vehicle sales in Colorado are growing rapidly, with recent monthly sales nearing triple pre-COVID levels. Senate Bill 260 built on that progress by investing three-quarters of a billion dollars in strengthening our electric vehicle infrastructure and accelerating fleet transition in an equitable manner. Governor Polis has also proposed investing $150 million in next year’s budget to convert to electric school buses and $12 million for e-bike rebates.

  • Establish a one-of-a-kind corporate fund specifically to advance clean transportation options and clean air in areas where Coloradans suffer from the most severe air pollution in the state. This fund, focused on areas designated as non-compliant with the Clean Air Act, is an important step toward recognizing the disproportionate impacts of pollution in parts of Colorado’s frontline and taking action to improve equity and environmental justice.

  • Strengthening multimodal and transit options for state and local partners. Senate Bill 260 invests hundreds of millions of dollars in a Multimodal Options and Mitigation Fund that provides flexible dollars to local partners to expand transit and active transportation choice, as well as dollars for statewide investments such as the state increasing multimodal options like expanding rapid transit buses through the state system.

  • Expand Colorado’s successful “Revitalizing Main Streets” program, which has already supported more than 100 communities throughout Colorado. This oversubscribed program has helped local partners across the state implement innovative improvements that make their downtown areas safe and economically vibrant for active transportation. These range from helping businesses use outdoor space for safe commerce during COVID, to strengthening pedestrian and transit connections, to improving lighting in city centres. The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act creates several programs that reflect Colorado’s leadership in supporting these types of investments.

  • Call on the state to advance a first nationwide effort to establish pollution reduction planning standards for transportation infrastructure. Senate Bill 260 called for new standards to ensure we consider the impact of government infrastructure planning choices on the options available to consumers. This policy requires transport plans to show that they will reduce greenhouse gas pollution, which will push the government to provide more sustainable options like better public transport, sidewalks and bike lanes when we plan major infrastructure projects.

  • Create important institutional changes to strengthen clean transportation, equity and our supply chain. Senate Bill 260 establishes a series of new boards focused on clean transportation, as well as two new branches of the Colorado Department of Transportation focused on fairness and freight policy. And other laws passed in 2021 begin the process of gathering information, and then setting standards, to reduce embodied carbon in building materials used in transportation projects.

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