According to overseas media reports, Colorado has signed a new law to provide free public transportation for one month throughout the state, and will continue this plan next year, including transit transportation.
Since August, RTD and other local transportation agencies in Colorado have provided free public transportation services to all passengers through the Colorado Association of Transportation Agencies (CASTA).
Colorado Energy Office (CEO) once had a two-year ozone season transit subsidy plan to provide funds for the state to improve air quality, reduce greenhouse gas pollution emissions and save energy. The “zero ticket price improvement” plan was included in the management of the ozone plan.
“The zero fare plan to improve the air has saved people’s money, reduced traffic and pollution, and expanded the use of public transportation,” said Governor Polis. “Our clean air plan, in cooperation with the legislature, is making changes to protect the air we breathe, save money for people and communities, and improve the transportation of Colorado people.”
In addition to RTD, the public transport agencies participating in the “Better Air Zero Fare” program through CASTA also include many other urban areas, government departments and communities. The plan, as part of the transformation legislative plan invested 340 million dollars to address air quality and climate issues, will help ensure that Colorado achieves the state’s greenhouse gas target (GHG) pollution reduction path, so as to achieve the emission targets of 26% reduction by 2025, 50% reduction by 2030 and 90% reduction by 2050 compared with 2005 levels.
“Whether you are going to work, run errands or go out to play, the Ozone Season Transportation Subsidy Program makes it easier for Colorado people to use public transportation instead of driving. This is especially important in the hottest summer in Colorado when ozone pollution is most serious,” said Dominique G ó mez, deputy head of the Colorado Energy Office.