How would you spend the money you pay in gas tax?
The average driver in Colorado pays $180 per year in fuel taxes and $32 per year in transportation-related fees. If you were to spend this money (from fuel taxes and fees) on what you think is most important, how would you do so? As always, needs are more than the available resources. We need your help in prioritizing how transportation funds are spent.
We have identified several transportation project types that you can allocate a percentage of the total funds to:
- Maintenance – maintain existing roads and bridges
- Operations – ensure better operations (traffic signals and faster crash responses)
- Safety – make the region safer (reduce crashes with education, engineering, and enforcement)
- Transit – focus on our transit system (bus transit and elderly/disabled transportation)
- Nonmotorized – focus on bicycle and pedestrian transportation
- Congestion – build new roads and widen existing roads
Recent past distributions of spending are:
To give you an idea of how much need there is per funding category, we calculated the estimated need over the next 25 years for each category (as a percent of the total available funds). As you can see, there is a much greater need than there is availabing funding. For example, to meet all of the maintenance needs in the region, 85% of the total available funds would have to be allocated to maintenance projects over the next 25 years.
To find out more about getting involved in the transportation planning process, click here.