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Regional Leaders discuss the future of transportation

Feb 4, 2016

Carbondale Mayor Stacey Patch Bernot, Aspen Mayor Steve Skadron, Pitkin County Commissioner George Newman, Glenwood Springs Mayor Mike Gamba, New Castle Town Councilor Frank Breslin, and Garfield County Commissioner Mike Samson sit on a panel focused on the future of regional transportation.
Credit Alycin Bektesh / Aspen Public Radio

Government leaders from the Roaring Fork Valley are meeting with top state officials in Glenwood Springs today to speak about the future of transportation in the region.

 

The main source of transportation funding in Colorado has not been increased in decades. With aging infrastructure and exponential growth in population, regional leaders know there is a problem... and they are hoping today’s Mobility, Fuels & Funding Forum will lead to solutions.

Rachel Richards, chair of the Pitkin County Board of Commissioners, is moderating a panel focused on funding.

“Cuts have been made beyond the fat into the bone. All different needs across the state are trying to take a bite off of the end of someone else's piece of pie. We need to grow the pie.”

One solution that will be discussed today is a statewide sales tax increase. The event's keynote speaker is Shailen Bhatt, Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Transportation. Local participants include the mayors of Aspen, Carbondale, Glenwood Springs and Newcastle, and Dan Blankenship, the CEO of the roaring fork transportation authority.