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Denver – Feb. 6, 2014 – Move Colorado has announced the addition of two new board members for 2014, with Carla Romero Perez of Jacobs and Del Walker of Parsons joining as the newest officers. Perez will serve as Vice President and Walker will serve as Secretary.

The new board members will join at a critical juncture in the future of transportation funding in Colorado. The state is at risk of falling behind, no longer able to afford needed improvements to its transportation infrastructure.

“Already leaders in the transportation industry, Carla and Del are two very meaningful additions to Move Colorado,” said Melissa Osse, Move Colorado executive director. “They bring years of experience and expertise to the table that will greatly benefit our continuing efforts to solve transportation funding issues throughout Colorado – issues that grow more concerning as time goes by.”

Perez has 23 years of experience in executive management and advisory services specializing in transportation policy, finance, administration, project, and program development and is currently a Senior Consultant with Jacobs. Previously she served as the Assistant General Manager for Administration at the Regional Transportation District (RTD), served in Governor Bill Ritter’s administration and was CDOT’s first Policy Director.

Walker has served as Colorado Area Manager with Parsons since April 2008. Prior to his work at Parsons, he spent two years as Deputy Assistant General Manager of Capital Programs at Regional Transportation District (RTD). Before RTD, Del was the Director of Staff Branches at the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT). He also served as Deputy Project Director on Metro Denver’s Transportation Expansion (T-REX) Project.

Perez and Walker join a board consisting of President Jeff Kullman of Atkins, and Treasurer Ken Rudolph of Nolte.

Move Colorado is a private industry organization that provides information, sponsors education programs and supports the efforts of Colorado community, business and political leaders to solve transportation funding issues. For more information, visit www.movecolorado.org.

move_fb_twitterDENVER, CO – Tomorrow, Colorado’s transit system will be the topic at a special joint hearing of the state House and Senate transportation committees. RTD General Manager Phil Washington and representatives from CDOT, CASTA, CCA and several others will provide expert testimony to educate the public and policymakers about the state of transit in Colorado.

Events Details
All hearings are at the Colorado State Capitol, Room HCR112 at 7:30am unless otherwise noted. Breakfast will be served.

Mar. 28th Colorado Transit/RTD: Guest Presenters

  • RTD – Phil Washington, General Manager
  • CDOT Division of Transit and Rail – Mark Imhoff, Director
  • Colorado Association of State Transit Agencies (CASTA) – Ann Rajewski, Chair

April 4th Alternative funding including tolling, VMT, and P3’s: Guest Presenters

  • High-Performance Transit Enterprise (HPTE) – Mike Cheroutes will discuss Public Private Partnerships (P3’s)
  • Colorado Contractors Association (CCA) – Tony Milo will discuss mileage based user fees
  • MPACT 64 – Representative to be determined.

These hearings are open to the public and members of the media. Move Colorado strongly encourages your participation. To stay informed, please subscribe to our newsletter at MoveColorado.org.

For more information, contact Melissa Osse at Melissa@movecolorado.net or (720) 473-9399.

Move ColoradoToday, several leading experts in transportation testified before a joint hearing of the Colorado’s state Senate and House transportation committees. Representatives from Colorado Contractors Association (CCA), American Council of Engineering Companies of Colorado (ACEC), Colorado Asphalt Pavement Association (CAPA), and several others addressed transportation’s impact on Colorado’s economic development.

As a result of the recession and falling transportation revenues, construction unemployment is at 18%. Tony Milo, president of CCA, observed that, “While the rest of the country is in a recession, the construction industry is in a depression.” Milo emphasized that the work of the committee during this session will be critical to getting the construction industry back on track. According to the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), 5.6 million workers were employed in construction in December of 2012. While this was an increase of 0.3% over December of 2011, it was still 28% lower than April of 2006. That’s 2.2 million less workers in the field helping to improve our country’s infrastructure. Colorado’s construction employment is recovering more quickly with a 6% gain year-over-year but it’s still 30% lower than it was in 2007. Approximately 119,500 construction jobs are in Colorado.

Construction workers, businesses and engineers are the backbone of our transportation system. They provide efficient solutions to complex transportation challenges such as congestion and safety. Investment in transportation has a direct impact on jobs. It’s estimated that for every $1 billion invested in transportation construction, 35,000 jobs are saved or created. For every nonresidential construction job that’s created, another job is induced as a result of construction families spending their extra incomes in their communities.

Transportation investments have an important impact on local economies because of nature of building transportation infrastructure. According to CAPA, one example is asphalt. Asphalt has to be made locally because it’s a perishable product and it can’t be shipped in from neighboring states. Therefore, with the asphalt industry operating at 70% below capacity, jobs have been lost and businesses have shut down. Nearly all asphalt pavements on state highways have been in place since the original construction. In the case of I-25 North of Pueblo, the asphalt dates back as far as 1962.

A coalition of concerned Coloradans participated in the hearing, encouraging the state to invest more in the future of transportation. It was a positive opportunity to revisit how important transportation is to economic development in Colorado.

Move Colorado will continue to help organize educational hearings at the Capitol in cooperation with state legislators, CDOT, and Colorado Contractors Association. Below are the details for upcoming hearings:

Events Details

All hearings are at the Colorado State Capitol, Room HCR112 at 7:30am unless otherwise noted.

  • Mar. 21st – Ports-to-Plains: Guest Presenters – Ports-to-Plains and Agricultural Community
  • Mar. 28th – Transit/RTD: Guest Presenters – RTD and CASTA
  • April 4th – Alternative funding including tolling, VMT, and P3’s: Guest Presenter – TBD

Educational hearings at State Capitol continue

Move ColoradoDENVER, CO – Move Colorado will continue to participate in a series of open transportation hearings at the Colorado State Capitol in partnership with the Colorado Department of Transportation and Colorado Contractors Association to educate the public and policymakers about the state of transportation in Colorado.  The hearings are jointly scheduled by the transportation committees of the Colorado House and Senate.

Events Details

All hearings are at the Colorado State Capitol, Room HCR112 at 7:30am unless otherwise noted.

  • Mar. 7th – Transportation Funding 101: Guest Presenters – CDOT, CCI and CML
  • Mar. 14th – Economic Development: Guest Presenters – CCA, ACEC, et al
  • Mar. 21st – Ports-to-Plains: Guest Presenters – Ports-to-Plains and Agricultural Community
  • Mar. 28th – Transit/RTD: Guest Presenters – RTD and CASTA
  • April 4th – Alternative funding including tolling, VMT, and P3’s: Guest Presenter – TBD

These hearings are open to the public and members of the media.  Move Colorado strongly encourages your participation.  To stay informed, please subscribe to our newsletter at MoveColorado.org.

For more information, contact Melissa Osse at Melissa@movecolorado.net or (720) 473-9399.

Hearings consider the critical state of transportation in Colorado

Move ColoradoDENVER, CO – Today, the Colorado House and Senate transportation committees convened the first in a series of joint hearings examining the critical state of Colorado’s transportation system. The I-70 West corridor was the focus of the first educational forum, which is one of the most heavily traveled corridors in Colorado.

“We have many new leaders at the State Capitol with many talents and much energy to make Colorado a healthy and vibrant community for us all,” said Don Hunt, executive director of CDOT. “These educational forums are a critical step in informing our state legislators on the importance of transportation to our state’s economy, workers, and families.”

“The I-70 West corridor is the foundation of Colorado’s tourist industry and essential to the health of our economy,” said Tony Milo, Executive Director of the Colorado Contractors Association and Move Colorado board member. “Increasing congestion is costing us billions of dollars that could be invested in our highways, bridges and transit options. We’re counting on our legislative leaders to share this message with their constituents and work to find a statewide solution to fund our transportation system.”

The Texas A&M Transportation Institute estimates that traffic congestion costs Denver $1.6 billion.[1] According to CDOT, if nothing is done to increase mobility on I-70, congestion will only get worse. When compared to traffic levels in 2000, by 2035:[2]

  • Weekend travel time will be about three times higher;
  • Weekday travel time will more than double;
  • Traffic will be especially congested between Copper Mountain and Denver on weekends, requiring two more hours to make that trip during weekend peak hours. On weekdays, the morning and afternoon peak periods will experience an extra 1 hour and 35 minutes.
  • The Eisenhower-Johnson Memorial Tunnels are expected to have 55 percent more weekend traffic. Weekday demand at the Eisenhower-Johnson Memorial Tunnels is expected to increase 85 percent.

CDOT has already begun preparing for a project to widen the I-70 Twin Tunnels. Construction crews are blasting in advance of the project to help ensure that traffic continues to flow throughout construction in 2013. The goal of the project is to improve mobility and safety, and allow for managed lanes in the future. During construction:

  • A detour will be in place, 24 hours a day, seven days a week;
  • Two lanes, both east and westbound, will always be open during peak travel times; and
  • Pedestrian and bicycle access will be maintained along CR 314.

Future Hearings
All hearings are at the Colorado State Capitol, Room HCR112 at 7:30am unless otherwise noted.

Mar. 7th – Transportation Funding 101: Guest Presenter – CDOT and CCI
Mar. 14th – Economic Development: Guest Presenters – CCA, ACEC, et al
Mar. 21st – Ports-to-Plains: Guest Presenters – Ports-to-Plains and Agricultural Community
Mar. 28th – Transit/RTD: Guest Presenters – RTD and CASTA
April 4th – Alternative funding including tolling, VMT, and P3’s: Guest Presenter – TBD

These hearings are open to the public and members of the media. Move Colorado strongly encourages your participation. To stay informed, please subscribe to our newsletter at MoveColorado.org.

For more information, contact Melissa Osse at Melissa@movecolorado.net or (720) 473-9399.

[1] Texas A&M Transportation Institute Urban Mobility Report for 2012
[2] I-70 Mountain Corridor Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement, page ES-3.

Move Colorado announces educational hearings at State Capitol

Move ColoradoDENVER, CO – Today, Move Colorado announced that it will host a series of open transportation hearings at the Colorado State Capitol in partnership with Colorado Department of Transportation and Colorado Contractors Association to educate the public and policymakers about the state of transportation in Colorado.  Key experts have been invited to make presentations and answer questions with transportation committees from both the House and Senate.

Events Details
All hearings are at the Colorado State Capitol, Room HCR112 at 7:30am unless otherwise noted.

  • Feb. 28th: I-70 West Corridor: Guest Presenter – CDOT, Commissioner Dan Gibbs
    • Feb. 28th meeting is scheduled to start upon adjournment of both houses of the legislature.  Estimated start time is 10:00am but time could vary.
  • Mar. 7th: Transportation Funding 101: Guest Presenter – CDOT
  • Mar. 14th: Economic Development: Guest Presenters – CCA, ACEC, et al
  • Mar. 21st: Ports-to-Plains: Guest Presenters – Ports-to-Plains and Agricultural Community
  • Mar. 28th: Transit/RTD: Guest Presenters – RTD and CASTA
  • April 4th: Alternative funding including tolling, VMT, and P3’s: Guest Presenter – TBD
These hearings are open to the public and members of the media.  Move Colorado strongly encourages your participation.  To stay informed, please subscribe to our newsletter at MoveColorado.org.For more information, contact Melissa Osse at Melissa@movecolorado.net or (720) 473-9399.

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Move Colorado provides information, sponsors education programs, and supports the efforts of the Colorado community, business, and political leaders to solve transportation funding issues.

Melissa Osse brings wealth of experience and knowledge in transportation

move_fb_twitterDENVER, CO – Today, Move Colorado’s board of directors announced the hiring of Melissa Osse as the organization’s executive director. Ms. Osse has over a decade of combined experience in government relations and transportation. She will help Move Colorado demonstrate the pressing need for a statewide solution to fund Colorado’s aging transportation system.

“Melissa has the depth of knowledge and experience in transportation to be an extremely effective executive director,” said Jeffery Kullman, president of Move Colorado. “She understands what it takes to make policy ideas a reality. We’re proud to have her on our team; she’ll be a valuable asset for Coloradans.”

“Transportation is an issue that I’m passionate about, and there’s a lot of work that needs to be done to preserve and advance the system for future generations,” said Ms. Osse. “Freedom of mobility and safe, reliable transportation are important to Coloradans and fundamental to our economy. The state of our transportation infrastructure has reached a tipping point, and I’m excited to have the opportunity to make a difference.”

Ms. Osse has an intimate knowledge of Colorado’s transportation policy and of the legislative process. For over four years, she served as legislative liaison for the Colorado Department of Transportation and later for the Colorado Department of Personnel and Administration under Governors Bill Ritter and John Hickenlooper. She successfully led the legislative effort to pass FASTER and the creation of the Division of Transit and Rail.

In addition to her work in state government, she has been legislative director for Axiom Strategies and was legislative liaison for Colorado Counties, Inc. She began her career as press secretary for US Senator Craig Thomas of Wyoming. She lives in Parker, CO with her husband and son.

DENVER, CO – Tony Milo, Move Colorado board member, issued the following statement in response to recommendations released today by the TBD Colorado Board of Directors:

Colorado needs to modernize its transportation funding system and create a statewide funding strategy.  It’s extremely encouraging that the citizens of Colorado and the TBD Board understand the magnitude of the challenges we’re facing.  The Board’s recommendation to overhaul the funding system is right on point.  Deferring transportation needs is creating a future liability for the taxpayers of the state.

Colorado demonstrates power of private and public investment in infrastructure

DENVER, CO – Colorado has been recognized as a world leader in infrastructure innovation by the North America Strategic Infrastructure Leadership Forum. A panel of independent judges awarded two Colorado infrastructure projects with project of the year awards in separate categories. The North Metro Commuter Rail Line and Xcel Energy’s Clear Air – Clean Jobs Plan both received project of the year for their respective categories.

“These projects provide a vision for how our future could look with a robust economy and cleaner air as a result of greater investment in infrastructure,” said Tony Milo, Move Colorado board member. “It’s more challenging now than ever to find sources of funding for projects and we need to strike the right balance between private and public investment.”

Governor John Hickenlooper, formerly a geologist, was on hand to address the guests at the forum. He said the focus of Colorado was to become the most attractive state in the United States for business. Infrastructure is critical to that goal. He called for continued cooperation between local governments, and for municipal leaders to think of infrastructure projects in the context of the interests of the entire state.

Project Descriptions and Awards

Job/Opportunity Creation Project of the Year, North Metro Commuter Rail – The North Metro Rail Line is an 18.4-mile long commuter rail line that will run from Denver Union Station through Commerce City, Thornton and Northglenn to 162nd Avenue in North Adams County.

New Green Project of the Year, Xcel Energy’s Clean Air – Clean Jobs Plan – In late 2010, the Colorado Public Utilities Commission approved an emissions reduction plan for Xcel Energy under the state’s Clean Air-Clean Jobs Act. The entire effort is expected to have an average annual rate impact over the next 10 years of approximately 2 percent. Xcel aims to reduce nitrogen oxides by about 86 percent, sulfur dioxide emissions by 83 percent and mercury emissions by 82 percent from the plants included in the plan. Across Xcel’s Colorado power plant fleet, they intend to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by about 28 percent, exceeding the state’s carbon dioxide reduction goal of 20 percent by 2020.

Move Colorado supported the forum because of its focus on connecting investors with projects and finding new sources of funding. Funding has become scarce partly as a result of deteriorating state revenues, which has led to 52% of our roads being rated in poor condition and 33% of our highways requiring major rehabilitation or complete reconstruction. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average consumer spends $209 a month on entertainment. Compare that to the average Colorado driver who is spending $22.50 a month for federal and state gas taxes combined.

CG/LA InfrastructureDENVER, CO – Several Colorado infrastructure projects have been listed among the Top 100 strategic infrastructure projects in North America. The projects will be highlighted at the North American Strategic Infrastructure Leadership Forum October 15th – 17th, which includes a keynote speech from Governor John Hickenlooper. (Event Details / Agenda)

The top 100 were chosen because they are critical to the productivity and long-term competitiveness of a country or region. CG/LA Infrastructure estimates that when combined the 100 projects have the potential to create:

  • 6 million+ direct jobs over 4.5 years, with the bulk of those jobs created over the next 24 months
  • 10-12 million indirect jobs, including service jobs and manufacturing jobs, and
  • As many as three times that number of ‘induced’ jobs, those jobs created because increased infrastructure capacity allowed more ready new business creation, and access to world markets.

“Colorado is leading the nation in infrastructure and transportation and is setting the standard for innovation,” said Jeffery Kullman, president of Move Colorado. “The Leadership Forum will shed light on the dire state of our infrastructure and offer project-based solutions that will transform Colorado and the United States.”

“Colorado is one of only handful of states that has the right approach to infrastructure,” said Norman Anderson, president and CEO of CG/LA Infrastructure. “These projects have the potential to boost jobs and the economy now while preparing us for the future.”

Key Colorado Conference Sessions

The following are select parts of the Leadership Forum related to Colorado. A complete agenda is attached.

October 15

4:00p – 4:50p PPP Markets in the US – The Right Paradigm?

  • Michael Cheroutes, HPTE Director [High Performance Transportation Enterprise], CDOT

4:00p – 4:50p Fracking & Natural Gas Boom; Driving Growth & Infrastructure Investment

  • Mary Smith, Office of Policy Research, Colorado

5:00p – 5:50p High Speed Rail in the US: To be, or Not to Be?

  • Mark Imhoff, Director, Division of Transit & Rail, CDOT

6:00p – 6:50p Working Group: A Closer Look at RTD’s priority pipeline of projects, and a discussion of financing challenges & opportunities

  • Bill Van Meter, Assistant GM, Planning, RTD and Rick Clark, Assistant GM, Capital Programs, RTD

October 16

11:00a – 12:00p Top Rail & Transit Projects

  • N Metro Commuter Rail / Project Portfolio – Bill Van Meter, Assistant General Manager, RTD FasTracks Team
  • Integrated Connectivity Study: Front Range & Mountain Corridor – David Krutsinger, Project Manager, CDOT

12:00p – 1:30p Luncheon & Keynote Address from Governor John Hickenlooper
1:30p – 1:45p Special Session: Project of the Year Awards
2:45p – 3:45p Top 5 Water / Wastewater Projects

  • Southern Delivery System, Stage 1 – Colorado Springs Utilities – John Fredell, Southern Delivery System Program Director

3:45p – 4:45p Top Highways / Bridges

  • I-70 Corridor Projects – Nick Farber, Enterprise Specialist, HPTE, CDOT

October 17

10:30a – 11:15a Debate: The Future of Infrastructure in the US – The Candidates Debate

  • CG/LA has invited both Presidential candidates, or their high level surrogates, to participate in the Leadership Forum, and to detail their approaches to infrastructure.

For more information contact Michael Price at (720) 515-7581 or mike@aguilarpr.com.

(Event Details / Agenda)