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Be among the first to check out this new service! GoI70 users are eligible for a SkiBusColorado Kick-Off Deal – a 2 for 1 discount on a bus-only ticket to Breckenridge or Keystone on March 5 and March 12. Enter code “2FOR1″ at SkiBusColorado.com to receive the discount! All the details on this ski bus service are available there. Leave the driving to someone else, reduce your carbon footprint, help reduce I70 congestion, and ride in comfort to the slopes!
Colorado’s Transportation Plan
A request from our friends at CDOT — Help guide transportation improvements in Colorado by commenting on the Statewide Plan Amendment
Weekend Travel Forecast:
Only very light snow is forecasted for Sunday and into Sunday night so hopefully weather won’t be a big travel factor.
Westbound to the Mountains
Saturday: Expect an average 25 minute delay at the peak travel time between 7:00 – 7:30 a.m. Plan to leave before 6:00 am or after 10:00 a.m. to miss the rush.
Sunday: Delays on this Sunday in recent years was minimal at about 10 minutes.
Eastbound to Front Range
Saturday: This is where we sound like a broken record… Historically, this day in previous years has yielded a very typical weekend traffic pattern. Traffic builds at 2:00, peaks at 4:00 and drops off very soon after 6:00 p.m.
Sunday: We are starting to see a more consistent trend on Sunday afternoons where the rush back to the Front Range starts much earlier than it does on Saturdays. The masses start hitting the road around noon, there is a long peak from about 3:00-5:00, and then traffic steadily decreases to a zero minute delay soon after 6:00 p.m.
REMEMBER, CDOT has frequently metered traffic eastbound on weekend evenings which means up to 20 minute traffic stops at the tunnel. This can sometimes cause the delays to continue past the usual 6:00 p.m. timeframe.
A recent poll of over 1000 registered voters conducted by the Rockefeller Foundation shows that a majority of Americans consider the state of the nation’s transportation infrastructure to be a high priority, but by an even higher margin, they don’t want to be taxed to pay for it. When Coloradoans were polled several years ago about transportation, the results were very similar. A bipartisan panel of transportation experts warned that the United States’ deteriorating transportation infrastructure could affect this country’s ability to compete in a global economy. Their report states that an increased gas tax might the most politically acceptable way to increase revenue in the short term, but the Rockefeller poll shows a lack of support for this or any other approaches that are a direct tax on citizens. See the full article here.
Undoubtedly it will take a variety of federal and state funding, along with public/private partnerships for anything significant to happen on the I70 corridor. In addition to dollars, it will take political will to address these transportation issues, as well as a willingness on the part of individuals to invest in our infrastructure. Coloradoans ready to see improvements along the I70 corridor should contact their state representatives and encourage immediate action.