Denver -- Most Coloradans pay their hefty vehicle registration fees assuming they'll go to road improvements, even though millions are diverted annually to fund politically-favored transit projects that should be a lesser priority given our deteriorating road conditions.
In a bid to correct this case of misplaced priorities, Senate Republicans today won passage of SB-11, which redirects to road safety $15 million in FASTER funds currently earmarked for transit.
"Democrats for years have been putting the cart before the horse, by funding pet transit projects while overall roadway improvements lagged behind," said Senator Tim Neville (R-Littleton), who authored the bill. "This bill puts the horse back in from of the cart, where it belongs, by insisting that vehicle registration fees be prioritized for use on road improvements."
There are other funding sources for transit, Neville points out, including more than half a billion in federal dollars flowing to the state as part of another program. And transit itself will suffer if basic roadway infrastructure falls further into ruin, given that most transit travels over roads.
"There's nothing wrong with transit per se, but funding transit at the expense of basic road maintenance and modernization just doesn't make sense, which is why we're trying to make road work the first priority again," added Neville. "We're not keeping faith with those who pay the state’s hefty car tax if we allow those dollars to be diverted to lesser priorities."
SB-11 passed the State Senate on a party-line 18 to 17 vote and next heads to the Colorado House of Representatives for action.
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