Local officials seek state multimodal funding

ALAMOSA—Sixty-four local elected officials from across Colorado—including two Alamosa city councilors—released a letter sent on March 1 to leadership in the Colorado General Assembly calling for “significant dedicated funding for multimodal transportation options in any transportation funding bill that may be brought forward.”

The elected officials span a broad spectrum of Colorado, including urban, suburban, and rural locations, as well as Republican, Democratic, and unaffiliated political perspectives.

Signing the letter from Alamosa were Alamosa City Councilors Michael Stefano and Jan Vigil.

“Our constituents want a transportation system that is safe, modern, and provides greater mobility options,” the letter states. “In addition to funding roads and bridges, they want to see significant investments in public transportation, safer walkways, and bicycling infrastructure.”

The letter describes how multimodal investments in public transportation, safer walkways, and bicycling infrastructure are critical for a variety of reasons including public support, the desire for local communities to have options, health and safety, and the need to plan for the future.

The letter concludes by urging legislators to ensure that mulimodal funding is in any transportation funding bill, stating: “Our communities greatly need this type of funding and would be eager to support legislation which addresses these needs.”