The Hancock administration is working on big plans to expand and improve the city's bus and train network with its Denveright planning initiative. One of the key questions going forward is how to pay for these upgrades.
Mayor Michael Hancock unveiled his 2018 budget proposal Tuesday, which includes 29 full-time employees to prop up his budding stand-alone department of transportation and mobility and $31.5 million toward the "Mobility Action Plan," Hancock's initiative to give everyone legitimate transportation options beyond driving.
When politicians argue for bike taxes or call transit a bad investment because it doesn't pay for itself, the implicit assumption is that these modes are somehow different than roads, which purported "pay for themselves." They couldn't be more wrong.
The report, which examined the turn-of-the-century expansion of I-25 known as T-REX, says that these managed lanes would expand the capacity of the corridor for everyone while providing a "congestion-free" option for drivers and better transit for people who don't drive — without a widening that would be financially and physically impossible.
Mayor Michael Hancock finalized his preferences for what he wants to see funded by a bond initiative heading to voters in November, and a lot of good walking, biking, and transit projects made the cut. So did $101 million for long-neglected road maintenance — about 24 percent of all transportation funding on the list.