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I_TLRC_2021A 08/04/2021 08:41:27 AM Committee Summary

PUBLIC
STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING
INTERIM COMMITTEE  TRANSPORTATION LEGISLATION REVIEW COMMITTEE
Date 08/04/2021
Attendance
Boesenecker X
Catlin X
Coram E
Donovan E
Froelich X
Gray X
Hisey X
Hooton X
Pettersen E
Pico X
Rich E
Scott E
Sullivan X
Valdez D. X
Van Winkle E
Zenzinger X
Winter E
Exum X
Time 08:41:27 AM to 03:04:54 PM
Place Old State Library
This Meeting was called to order by Exum
This Report was prepared by April Bernard
Hearing Items Action Taken
Public Highway Authority Update Committee Discussion Only
Colorado Motor Carriers Association Committee Discussion Only
Presentation from Colorado Energy Office and Colorado Department of Transportation Committee Discussion Only
Presentation from Regional Transportation District Committee Discussion Only
Presentation from Colorado Association of Transit Agencies Committee Discussion Only
Presentation from Colorado Cross Disability Coalition Committee Discussion Only
Presentation from Colorado Department of Health Care Policy & Financing Committee Discussion Only
Interim Bill Draft Requests Committee Discussion Only

Public Highway Authority Update - Committee Discussion Only


08:41:46 AM  
Director Tim Stewart
and Board Chairman Chaz Tedesco, representing the E-470 Highway Authority
provided a PowerPoint presentation (Attachment A) to the committee.  A
handout was also provided (Attachment B).  Director Stewart provided
background about the 47 mile toll road around the perimeter of Denver.
 He indicated that the authority is carrying $1.3 billion in debt
that will pay off in September of 2041 and provided a summary toll and
fee reductions.
08:46:27 AM  
The authority recently
adopted a work plan that includes regional public partnerships, facilitating
transportation projects, and funding capital needs with no new debt.  The
authority continues to reduce debt and is using cash reserves for needs.
 
2021
traffic on the toll road through June is 22 percent below 2019, but up
18 percent over 2020 traffic.  

E-470 updated
its 2018 master plan in June 2020.  




The authority
completed a $99 million project with Arapahoe County and the City of Aurora
that reconfigured lanes,addded lanes, and made additions to the High Plains
Trail.  There are plans to expand and make improvements at I-70 and
104th Avenue, as well as 38th Avenue, 48th Avenue, 64th Avenue, 88th Avenue,
and Pena Boulevard.
08:52:01 AM  
E-470 staff discussed
the highway's economic impact in the region for 2019, including a savings
of 43.2 million hours, equivelent to $354.5 million net value.  $70
million was saved in avoided accidents.  Finally,  the value
of commercial goods moved through the region on the toll road was $4.3
billion total.  




The authority has cut wrong way driving in half, using cable barriers and
is protecing wildlife with fencing.  The authority is also contributing
to improved air quality, using electric fleet vehicles.  



 

The authority shared concerns about a drop in revenue with the passage
of Senate Bill 21-257.  The concerns relate to the absence of license
plates on mobile machinery, since the authority tolls vehicles using license
plates.  There was a discussion about how special mobile machinery
is licensed.
08:58:51 AM  
Most mobile machinery
may be pulled on a trailer or is not road worthy.  Other examples
of mobile machinery were discussed, such as oil and gas equipment.
09:12:22 AM  
There was a discussion
about a marketing campaign for the transponder and perks for E-470 customers.
 Revenues related to traffic flow were discussed.  E-470 staff
answered questions about about the review of unsolicited proposals and
the lack of a formal policy on this issue.
09:24:27 AM  
John Hall, Managing
Administrator representing the Northwest Parkway  Authority provided
a PowerPoint presentation (Attachment C) about the highway that links E-470,
I-25, and US36.  Mr. Hall discussed additional developments adjacent
to the parkway.  On the eastern end of the Baseline Project, north
of the parkway, a development that includes 9,000 homes.  At the Highway
287 interchange on the northeast corner at Lafayette, Medtronics is developing
the area.  Finally, west of Louisville Conoco Phillips is working
on redevelopment.  




Information about
traffic during the pandemic was provided.  Total trips on the parkway
fell by 40 percent in 2020 from pre-pandemic levels.  Traffic is beginning
to recover, currently at 30 percent lower than pre-pandemic levels.  There
has been a general decrease in accidents, while personal injuries have
remained relatively constant.  





Toll rates are regulated by the consessionnaire, and increase  annually
per capita with the gross domestic product,U.S. Consumer Price Index, or
2 percent, whichever is higher.  Annual inspection of the parkway
recently resulted in a score of 4.96 out of 5.  No category one (poses
an immediate hazard) defects were found.  Only one category two defect
(does not pose an immediate hazard) was found.  





There was a discussion about recent projects, including pavement rideability
improvements on 15,000 feet of surfuce and electronic toll signage with
replacement of signs and the addition of 11 electronic variable tolling
signs.
09:33:34 AM  
Solar arrays used
by the parkway were discussed.  Seven solar arrays produce 940 killowats
of electricity and have reduced use of electricity through the power grid
by 47 percent over the last 10 years in the administrative buidling. There
was a discussion about solar panels assisting with the operating costs
of facilities and ramp locations.

09:34:47 AM  
Bill Ray, Executive
Director for the Jefferson Parkway Highway Authority provided background
information about the highway.  Mr. Ray provided a PowerPoint presentation
(Attachment D).  The parkway is still in planning stages.  There
was a discussion about soil samples and hazardous materials in the area
of the proposed highway. The City and County of Broomfield decided to withdraw
from the parkway, but was recently re-engaged.  There were questions
from the committee about the continued relevancy of the project and changing
the route of the parkway.  An environmental impact study would most
likely need to be done to change the route and the cost covered by another
entity.



Colorado Motor Carriers Association - Committee Discussion Only


09:50:18 AM  
Greg Fulton, president
representing the Colorado Motor Carriers Association, provided a PowerPoint
presentation (Attachment E) about the association.  Mr. Fulton indicated
that the trucking industry provides 122,680 jobs in Colorado.  In
fact, there are 15,000 trucking companies in the state.  The averge
base salary per year for a trucking job in Colorado is $72,622.  Mr.
Fulton presented that the trucking industry pays 37 percent of fees and
makes up only 6 percent of traffic on the road. He indicated that the industry
in Colorado paid $502 million in federal and state roadway taxes in 2019.
 




Mr. Fulton provided information on clean diesel progross, including a 98
reduction in nitrous oxides and particulate matter.  New technology
has reduced diesel truck carbon dioxide emissiosn by 126 milllion tons
since 2007.  He indicated that the industry is working on replacing
trucks older than 2007 with newer models, since older trucks make up 75
percent of diesel emissions.
09:57:49 AM  
Mr. Fulton taked
about the impacts of the  I-70 closure of through Glenwood Canyon.
 A typical trip of four to four and half hours now takes six and a
half to eight hours, driving through Rifle.  Hours of service for
truckers can be problematic with the alternate route.  The driver
must rest in the middle of the trip, according to federal regulations about
hours truckers may work.  The US-50 project is on hold due to the
I-70 closure to provide another route option.  Mr. Fulton indicated
that delays are creating supply chain issues, leading to higher costs for
consumers and shippers and more traffic on the alternate routes.

10:02:53 AM  
Mr. Fulton touched
on a nationwide driver shortage.  He talked about the legalization
of marijuana in Colorado and federal requirements related to drug testing.
  Mr. Fulton shared statistics about the median age of truck dirvers,
55, with more drivers retiring, and few female drivers.  He discussed
that being on the road regularly may be a challenge to hiring.  Additional
pressures during the pandemic include an increase in e-commerce and the
closure of driving schools.  Mr. Fulton outlined possible solutions,
including paying drivers more; providing more time at home for drivers;
improving the driver image; expanding days and times for delivery to allow
for flexibility in schedules; and recruiting and retaining drivers agressively.

10:16:55 AM  
Mr. Fulton talked
about longer term solutions to the driver shortage.  He mentioned
a tax credit to companies to extend training for new CDL drivers, perhaps
$10,000 for employing individuals with criminal records.  Mr. Fulton
talked about low or no cost training for soldiers ending their tour.  He
mentioned that there may be support for a pilot including drives 18 to
20 years old.  He suggested that greater outreach be made to women
and minorities and enhanced productivity through an incrcrease in gross
weight to 85,000 pounds on the interstate to match other state highways.
 Mr. Fulton mentioned an industry letter available for review on the
committee's web page (Attachment F).

10:22:07 AM  
Mr. Fulton talked
about proposed legislation that would define milk products as a non-divisible
load, consistent with other states.  CMCA is also interested in modifications
to oversight of the passenger traction law, including modifications to
the type of tire noted in current law.

10:25:36 AM  
There was a discussion
about the fuel shortage.  Greer Bailey, representing the Colorado
Wyoming Petroleum Marketers Association, mentioned that communities are
experiencing fuel shortages, primarily diesel and higher premium gas, and
consumers are experiencing price spikes.  Mr. Bailey agreed that use
of US-50 is critical.  Drivers are running out of hours when driving
longer distances, especially with fuel coming from areas that are further
away.  He suggested that intervention may be needed to allocate fuel
to emergency services and schools.

10:32:03 AM  
There was a discussion
about the US 50 closure and pressure to complete the project.  Ranchers
and farmers, as well as builders, may be having issues getting equipment.

10:36:28 AM  
There was a suggestion
to desginate key corridors and alternate corridors and apply resources
to those corridors to address shipping and highway closures.  There
was a discussion about additional fuel storage, especially in local airports.

10:43:53 AM  
There was a discussion
about driver pay, including some drivers requesting to work for cash.  Double
fuel tankers as a way to address the fuel shortage were discussed.  
 Disaster declaration for I-70 may provide some latitude.  However,
a permanent change must be approved by the federal government and the distribution
network may not be sufficient to carry the weight of an additional tanker.



Presentation from Colorado Energy Office and Colorado Department of Transportation - Committee Discussion Only


10:51:43 AM  
Shoshana Lew, Executive
Director representing the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT),
provided a PowerPoint presesentation (Attachment G) and an update about
Glenwood Canyon. Ms. Lew discussed that the threat to the canyon is ongoing
with three areas of concern: moving debris to determine what needs permanent
repairs; dealing with unstable boulders; and safe passage for CDOT employees
and contractors working on the road.  Areas outside of the canyon
experienced the greatest damage, including the Shoshone Power Plant.  The
structure is secure, but CDOT continues to monitor the area.  CDOT
is working when the weather is safe, however the monsoon weather pattern
is a problem.  There may be additional water damage, but CDOT does
not believe there is structural damage.  

10:55:20 AM  
Damage occurred to
the upper decks of the highway and the lower deck was fully submerged.
 The flow of the river channel is affected.  CDOT and the Department
of Public Safety (DPS) are partnering to take care of emergency operations
and monitor safety.  DPS is helping with traffic and CDOT is working
within communities and with peer agencies and the federal government.  The
governor's declaration under the Stafford Act will bring in resources.
 US50 is open until the situation is stabilized.  This is a long
term effort.
10:58:02 AM  
Developments over
the last 48 hours include work with the Federal Highway Administration
(FHWA) to provide emergency program funds, separate from the emergency
declaration.  Steve Harrelson, Chief Engineer for CDOT, provided information
about the damage.   Stanchions on the upper deck that hold the concrete
need to be repaired with new concrete and rebar near Blue Gulch.  Debris
needs to be removed.  The lower deck contains mud and water has undercut
the retaining wall, possibly damaging it.

11:01:33 AM  
The debris flow the
first few weeks was like oatmeal and difficult to clean and is now up to
15 feet deep.  Now rocks the size of cars, trash cans, and bowling
balls are in the debris, perhaps making it less likely to move.  Storms
have resulted in two to four inches of rain.  Crews are constantly
clearing debris that forces the river from side to side.  There is
damage from Dotsero to Rifle, with severe damage at Hanging Lakes.  Access
to the Shoshone Intake Dam is obliterated.  Power is out at Shoshone,
including no power for the dam gates.

11:07:54 AM  
There was a discussion
about the timeframe for opening the road.  The plan is to have one
lane in each direction open next week, one on the top deck and one on the
bottom deck.  CDOT will get more help this week from contractors with
dump trucks and front end loaders, although they are affected by the trucking
shortage, too.  The plan is to have the highway completely open before
the onset of winter and the ski season.
11:16:07 AM  
There was a discussion
about supporting communities, with regards to traffic loads.  CDOT
removed impediments to alternate routes, US 50 and a smaller project on
US 285.  State Patrol is providing enforcement, signage, flagging,
and temporary staff on Independence Pass.  Communities should communicate
successes and needs.  There is also a standing group, including counties,
to provide feedback on traffic and other issues.  Long term conversatons
are happening, too, with regards to response, recovery, and resiliency.
 
11:25:09 AM  
Discussion turned
to the effects of fire and materials for mitigating fire on forest health.
 Usually, materials and seed are applied after a fire, however run
off is increased.  There is a  soil layer that needs to be broken
up and does so over time.  The State Forest Service and Department
of Natural Resources are working with CDOT, too.  The berm at the
top of Hanging Lake was helpful in containing some of the debris.  

11:29:07 AM  
There was a discussion
about alternate routes and communication with local partners.  CDOT
may package projects together, so additional discussions may occur.

11:36:39 AM  
CDOT talked about
State Highway 14, including issues with culverts.  Mud did not damage
the highway.  The discussion included funding and response related
to the 2013/2014 floods.  CDOT acted quickly and the Federal Emergency
Management Agency (FEMA) and FHWA provided funds.  Immediate repairs
are being made in Glenwood Canyon and the federal government is  responding
to urgent needs.  The federal government involvement is embedded into
the daily urgent response team.
11:41:59 AM  
There may have been
problems with immediate repairs for past issues.  Both immediate and
past issues are currently being handled.

11:42:43 AM  
Director Will Toor,
representing the Colorado Energy Office (CEO), provided an update on transportation
emissions and greenhouse gas (GHG) emission  goals (Attachment H).
 Transportation is the largest source of GHG emissions in the state.
 Electric power generation, oil and gas, and buildings are also major
sources.  The GHG Roadmap was released last year and sets goals over
the next decade through 2030.   Low and zero emission vehicle rules
are already in place.  Fleet turnover will continue and investment
in light duty infrastructure and electrifiction.  Additional strategies
include focusing on GHG emission pollution standards for transportation
plans, incentivizing land use near jobs to reduce vehicle miles traveled,
developing a clean trucking strategy and vehicle standards post 2025, looking
at air quality standard for indirect sources of GHG, and expanding public
transit.
11:46:27 AM  
With the passage
of Senate Bill 21-260, $724 million will be invested in charging infrastructure.
 Three new enterprises will create charging infrastructure, provide
incentives to fleet electrification, and electrify public transit.  $1.2
billion will be invested over the next decade by government, private entities,
and public transit.  Senate Bill19-077 removed obstacles to transportation
electrification, requiring utilities to file transportation electrification
plans.
11:55:40 AM  
Mr. Toor indicated
that the federal government will create new light duty vehicle GHG emission
and Cafe standards.  California will also adopt clean air standards.
 States may choose to adopt the California standards or the federal
Clean Air Act standards.  Mr. Toor talked about zero emissions for
all new vehicles by 2035.  He touched on the clean trucking strategy
and reduction of emissions from medium and heavy duty trucks.  He
presented the following strategies for clean trucking: truck fleet turnover
must accelerate to incorporate clean technology and zero emissions; SmartWay;
advanced clean truck standards; support for the workforce; and a green
procurement policy.
12:01:34 PM  
Director Lew talked
about GHG emissions and the ongoing rulemaking involving the Transportation
Commission.  The rule will define the role of government in transportation
planning and provide more options to the public.  A draft rule will
be released on August13, 2021, followed by five public hearings.  A
policy paper describes the major issues: how pollution reduction is considered,
the magnitude of reductions, mitigation measures, and enforcement.  The
current transportation plan will most likely be changed.

12:07:17 PM  
Ms. Lew discussed
the CDOT rule as a mechanism to reduce GHG in the transportation sector
through transportation planning organizations.    Metropolitation
Planning Organization funding will be linked to mitigating GHG.  Various
options will be available to assist local organizations in meeting emissions
goals and providing options for consumers.  The GHG Roadmap outlines
how emissions will be reduced.  

12:15:04 PM  
There was a discussion
about enforcement measures related to GHG emissions in recent legislation,
as well as emissions goals in other sectors and market transformation.
 The dicussion touched on transportation choices, including mode and
type of vehicle.  Ms. Lew indicated that multiple strategies, such
as regulatory standards for new vehicles and emissions, could be deployed
to realize goals.  Additional infrastructure funding from the federal
government will assist in making changes at the scale required.  

12:18:34 PM  
Ms. Lew talked about
the federal government's focus on large auto companies.  CDOT and
committee members discussed comprehensive planning for transportation at
overall GHG emissions caluclations.  Several levels of government
are working together to get a handle on the various pieces of the transportation
sector.  This is a new project for CDOT and the federal goverment
is looking at Colorado as an example to follow.
12:25:13 PM  
Fuel standards were
discussed, especially developments at the federal level, with a proposal
possible by the end of the year.  The payload of electric trucks was
a discussed, including goals surrounding fleet vehicles.  Perhaps
other government agencies, such as higher education and local schools should
be included in these goals.  Air quality issues surrounding diesel
school buses were discussed and a possible shift to electric school buses.
 There was a suggestion that the Transportation Legislation Review
Committee assist with electrification goals.  Mr. Toor shared that
Higher Education is involved in discussions with CEO on collaborations
for buildings and transportation. He suggested that  there may be
opportunities for TLRC to assist in endeavors.

12:34:13 PM  
There was a discussion
about generating electricity for vehicle charging and batteries for vehicles.
 Mr. Toor talked about the future of electric generation, including
electric resource plans adoptions by Colorado utility companies for an
80 percent reduction in pollution by 2030.  The goal is to replace
coal fired electric generation plants with wind and solar, and use gas
turbines for back up.  The gas turbines will not be used often, but
are essential to reliability.  Mr. Toor mentioned that the goal is
to have carbon free electric generatin after 2030, which will require technical
and business innovations.  


 

He talked about innovations, including improvements in long range battery
storage; technologies that form energies; and firm zero carbon generation,
such as modular nuclear, hydrogen, and using exess renewables energy to
hydrolize water to create green hydrogen for combustion turbines.  These
technoligies will provide both generation and storage.  Federal investment
is expected through the infrastructure package and budget reconciliation.
 Mr. Toor mentioned a partnership with Eight Rivers Capital and the
Southern Ute tribe to create a 320 megawatt Allen cycle gas plant with
carbon capture that may provide  zero carbon generation to feed into
utility plants.
12:42:29 PM  
Mr. Toor discussed
the load on the elctric grid for charging vehicles.  He referenced
two state studies which include light and heavy duty vehicles.  One
study will be available later this fall.  He indicated that generally
there is a net positive benefit to the grid, especially related to light
duty vehicles since charging will take place at night.  There is often
excess capacity at night for transmission and storage.  He mentioned
that fixed costs are spread over a larger number of killowatt hours which
should have downward pressure on rates.



Presentation from Regional Transportation District - Committee Discussion Only


01:22:03 PM  
Debra Johnson, representing
the Regional Transportation District (RTD), provided information about
RTD.  Ms. Johnson provided a PowerPoint presentation (Attachment I).
 RTD is collaborating with the state by implementing audit recommendations
from a 2020 State Audit and looking at recommendations from the Accountability
Committee.  The committee made its final report July 20 and Board
action is expected later this month.  The ddistrict continues to work
through the pandemic and adjust to the effects.

01:26:18 PM  
The RTD Board will
reivew the 2021-2026 Strategic Plan next week.  The plan looks at
the organizations history and current state and ties activities and performance
measurements to outcomes.  RTD wants to deliver value and excellence
to customers and community.  





With regards to recovery, RTD is currently at  65 percent service
and would like to increase to 70 percent of pre-pandemic levels.  Service
for major activity areas may be a sensible way to expand, such as areas
of employment, the Tech Center, downtown Denver, and Boulder.  RTD
is looking at its hiring practices to have the staff to provide critical
services.
01:32:02 PM  
Ms. Johnson shared
that the organization is re-starting the Reimagine RTD program.  The
program looks at the organization every five to seven years optimize the
system and plan for the future, balancing monthly needs and fiscal limits.
 The plan guides the organization through 2050.  Guiding principles
were adopted in April of this year, and are the foundation of service delivery
decisions. The six critical lensesof the program are: mobility, equity,
financial, partnerships, workforce, and sustainability.

01:35:59 PM  
The fare study equity
analysis began in March of 2021.  Users find the fare system cumbersome,
expensive, and confusing.  It is a first  of its kind study that
includes multicultural outreach.  New fares will be implemented in
2022 after a benchmark study and creation of a comprehensive fare structure
that accomdoates many individuals.
01:39:25 PM  
There was a discussion
about safety for RTD employees. Polycarbonate barriars will remain for
drivers due to some issues with violence.  


 

There was a discussion about service reductions.  A service reduction
analysis plan was completed to ensure that low income or minority communities
were not suffering the brunt of the impact of service.   Additional
routes and schedules will be added, depending on ridership flows.  The
goal is to be at 85 percent of pre-pandemic levels in 2022.
01:47:06 PM  
RTD received Coronavirus
Aid Relief and Economic Security Act funds provided $232,000 for payroll
and operations through 2020.   In 2021, RTD received $203,400 from
the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act to
restore services that were cut; restore budgeted overtime and extra shift
pay for front line operators and maintenance staff; eliminate furlough
days; eliminate paycuts for non-represented employees; and allow non-represented
employees to cash in 80 hours of paid time off that they were not able
to take during the pandemic.  





RTD will also leverage a money swap of sales and use tax in the amount
of $14 million to address state audit recommendations and the recommendations
of the Accountability Committee, and ensure adequate employees to provide
service.



RTD plans to submit
an application for American Rescue Plan Act funds to address salaries and
benefits.



Presentation from Colorado Association of Transit Agencies - Committee Discussion Only


01:52:45 PM  
Ann Rejewski, representing
the Colorado Association of Transit Agencies (CASTA), provided a PowerPoint
presentation (Attachment J).  The association serves over 50 transportation
agencies and organizations, and provides advocacy for members.  





Common challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic include rider access to
work.  However, Ann indicated that new services were provided during
the pandemic, such as transportation to vaccination sites.  Impacts
on ridership have varied.  For example, ECO Transit has reported that
tourism was down to 15 percent, but has recently recovered to 70 percent.
 Ms. Rajewski provided examples from several members showing changes
in ridership and services during the pandemic.

01:58:46 PM  
Ms. Rajewski outlined
new projects being undertaken by member organizations, including a La Plata
and Archuleta regional bus and a Bustang  route from Pagosa Springs
to Durango, along US 160.  New services are providing access to medical
servces; the Division of Motor Vehicles; and employment.
02:01:21 PM  
Additional projects
include the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority maintenance facility
expansion in Glenwood Springs to meet expected 60 percent population growth
in the valley.  Ms. Rajewski indicated that the project will assist
in mitigating the impacts of higher housing cost burdens by providing reliable
and affordable transportation.  





Ms. Rajewski described SETrans a regional transportation coordinating council,
including Baca, Crowley, Kiowa, Bent, Otero, and Prowers counties.  The
council is working on Commercial Driver License training and testing programs
through partnerships in the counties, Ft. Lyon, City of LaJunta, and local
workforce coordinators to provide a pipeline for transportation drivers.
  The council is also working on transit connections from new housing
to over 200 jobs at prisons in Olney Springs and Las Animas.



Presentation from Colorado Cross Disability Coalition - Committee Discussion Only


02:05:45 PM  
Julie Reiskin, Executive
Director representing the Colorado Cross Disability Coalition (CCDC), provided
information about her organization.  CCDC provided a PowerPoint presentation
(Attachment K).  Transportation is a huge issue for the community
that CCDC represents.  Jaime Lewis, Chair of the Advisory Committee
for Transit, representing CCDC talked about experiences with the Regional
Transportation District (RTD).  RTD offers Access-A-Ride which provides
food delivery, transportation to medical appointments, and the opportunity
to get out.  Mr. Lewis talked about transportation and independence
and CCDC's work with RTD to bring back services and make changes to services.

02:13:13 PM  
In rural areas some
folks are making their own travel arrangements to medical appointments
and applying for reimbursement.  Wait times for reimbursement are
long and amounts received are often less than expenses.  Transportation
through the Department of Human Services can be complex to use, that is
why CCDC supports public transit that serves everyone.  
02:17:52 PM  
Transportation network
companies are a great option for some members, such as blind individuals.
 However, there is no support for individuals using wheel chairs.
 Government involvement could be helpful in requiring transportation
for individuals using wheel chairs.  Buses provide a good option.
02:19:30 PM  
The top three emerging
Issues at this time, identified by CCDC, are partnerships between counties
and municipalities; increased population in cities; and ride share programs.
 Ride share programs may need to look at accomodations for the disabled
community.  Mr. Lewis talked about a possible tax to provide disabled
access to cars as well as relief for RTD.
02:22:11 PM  
Mr. Lewis touched
on possible local government programs to ensure clear sidewalks for sight
impaired individuals.
02:23:13 PM  
CCDC touched on additional
participation in the RTD accessibility committees.  Medical transportation
gaps in service were discussed, including the unavailability of same day
rides.  Ambulance services are often used instead.  In addition,
coming home from the hospital can be challenging, as well as transportation
for mental health treatment.



Presentation from Colorado Department of Health Care Policy & Financing - Committee Discussion Only


02:30:02 PM  
The Department of
Health Care Policy & Financing (HCPF) provided a PowerPoint presentation
to members (Attachment L).  A newer model for handling medical transportation
involves brokers dispatching for a network of transportation providers
that do not own their own vehicles.  Benefits include uniform administration
with a single point of contact, which is helpful for counties so that resources
are not used on administration.  Feedback from providers indicated
a feeling that the department gave business to bigger organizations.  Members
needing services were confused by the new process, especially since they
often had longstanding relationships with providers.  There was increased
call volume, leading to increased hold times, as well as delays in processing
mileage reimbursements.
02:39:09 PM  
HCPF is explorng
options to wrk on feedback received from customers.  IntelliRide reduced
the scope of their services in August, but still provides full services
for the original nine-county region.  Dedicated providers are needed
for smaller counties.  HCPF is continuing to improve call center wait
times and reduce the time for processing mileage reimbursements.  Feedback
is encouraged from members, providers, and advocates.  
02:41:01 PM  
Fee for service organizations
and transportation services were discussed, including the return of services
since COVID-19.  HCPF will look at data related to revnue and trip
numbers and provide information to the committee.



Interim Bill Draft Requests - Committee Discussion Only


02:43:55 PM  
Makita Lee Fiddler, representing herself, provided testimony to the committee.
02:49:29 PM  
Jason Gelender, Jery
Payne, and Sarah Lozano, representing the Office of Legislative Legal Services,
provided an introduction to the bill draft process.


02:53:49 PM
Motion Create a bill draft to modify the definition of milk products regarding a non-divisible load.
Moved Boesenecker
Seconded Froelich
Boesenecker
Catlin
Coram
Donovan Excused
Froelich
Gray
Hisey
Hooton
Pettersen Excused
Pico
Rich Excused
Scott
Sullivan
Valdez D.
Van Winkle
Zenzinger
Winter Excused
Exum
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 4   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


02:54:38 PM
Motion Create a bill draft regarding a statewide law for bicyclists to make certain stops at stop signs and red lights.
Moved Gray
Seconded Valdez D.
Boesenecker
Catlin
Coram
Donovan Excused
Froelich
Gray
Hisey
Hooton
Pettersen Excused
Pico
Rich Excused
Scott
Sullivan
Valdez D.
Van Winkle
Zenzinger
Winter Excused
Exum
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 4   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


02:57:35 PM
Motion Create a bill draft regarding medical transportation across rural and suburban areas.
Moved Gray
Seconded Valdez D.
Boesenecker
Catlin
Coram
Donovan Excused
Froelich
Gray
Hisey
Hooton
Pettersen Excused
Pico
Rich Excused
Scott
Sullivan
Valdez D.
Van Winkle
Zenzinger
Winter Excused
Exum
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 4   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
02:57:36 PM  
There was a discussion about regulation.


03:02:31 PM
Motion Create a bill draft to standardize gross weight limits for freight on highways.
Moved Pico
Seconded Van Winkle
Boesenecker
Catlin
Coram
Donovan Excused
Froelich
Gray
Hisey
Hooton
Pettersen Excused
Pico
Rich Excused
Scott
Sullivan
Valdez D.
Van Winkle
Zenzinger
Winter Excused
Exum
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 4   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Withdrawn


03:04:08 PM
Motion Create a resolution draft regarding a study for freight weight limitations on roadways.
Moved Pico
Seconded Gray
Boesenecker
Catlin
Coram
Donovan Excused
Froelich
Gray
Hisey
Hooton
Pettersen Excused
Pico
Rich Excused
Scott
Sullivan
Valdez D.
Van Winkle
Zenzinger
Winter Excused
Exum
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 4   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


03:04:54 PM   The committee adjourned.






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