Content Tagged As transportation

2 years 1 month ago

PPRTA tax extension passed

COLORADO SPRINGS- A tax extension used to improve area roadways and bridges was approved Tuesday night. Early polling results hinted at a huge victory for the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority. About 73-percent of early returns favored extending 55-percent of the one penny per dollar sales tax to...

2 years 4 months ago

New bus fees for riders in D-20

Back to school comes with a price for students in Academy District 20. After years of budget cuts the district is raising cash by charging for bus rides. "It's $0.50 per ride for students who are going to their neighborhood school, $0.60 a ride if they are choicing to...

2 years 11 months ago

District seeks opinions on bus fee proposal

Lewis Palmer School District 38 in Monument is the latest district in our area to consider charging students for bus rides. The district is currently gathering input about the plan which would tentatively begin in the 2012-2013 school year. Anyone in the Monument area is encouraged to vote in...

3 years 4 months ago

One dollar per ride per kid

That's exactly what Falcon School District 49 is charging kids to take a bus to school. The district didn't have the funding for buses anymore, as was decided in January of this year. As Director of Transportation for Falcon School District, Cindy Hardin, says, "The board completely cancelled...

3 years 7 months ago

$15 billion for high speed trains

NEW YORK (AP) - Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has announced nearly $800 million in projects improve rail service in the crowded Northeast. The announcement Monday at Penn Station is part of a $2 billion award going to rail projects in 15 states nationwide. It was money originally awarded to...

3 years 9 months ago

Gas prices still on the rise

It seems every week you're paying more at the pump. One of the worst areas hit, a gas station in Florida near the Orlando International Airport. The price? Try $5.39 for a gallon of regular! Here in Southern Colorado it's not as bad, but we've still seen an increase over...

3 years 10 months ago

Egypt conflict affecting oil prices

Any trip to the pump lately likely hasn't been cheap. Oil prices are once again going up. "The market showed that it went up substantially on Friday, about $3.70 a barrel." explains Harlan Ochs, President of Acorn Petroleum in Colorado Springs. Part of that rise can be attributed to...

4 years 1 month ago

C-DOT ready for snow season

The Colorado Department of Transportation is ready for the winter storm season. "Although the number of employees and equipment has stayed the same in recent years, we've added other tools to keep the highways safe and open for travel," said CDOT Executive Director Russ George. "By working 12-hour shifts...

4 years 3 months ago

Distracted driving deaths fall in 2009

The government says the number of people killed in crashes connected to driver distraction fell last year but still remain an epidemic. The Transportation Department said Monday that 5,474 people were killed in 2009 in crashes reported to have involved distracted driving, a 6 percent decline from the more...

4 years 3 months ago

After blast, regulators want tougher pipeline oversight

The Obama administration is seeking tighter oversight of the nation's pipelines and stronger penalties for violations of pipeline safety rules after a deadly explosion in California. The legislation was submitted to Congress Wednesday by Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. The proposal follows several major pipeline accidents. A Pacific Gas...

4 years 3 months ago

Hwy 24 roadwork underway

Rock slides closed Highway 24 west of Colorado Springs twice at the end of summer. The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is tackling the problem with rock mitigation operations on Ute Pass this week. The work began Monday morning. It should take two weeks. This week westbound Hwy 24...

4 years 3 months ago

Montana plane crash revives 'lap child' debate

Federal transportation safety officials are using the crash of an overloaded plane in Montana to revive a debate about whether infants and toddlers should be allowed to travel on the laps of adults. The National Transportation Safety Board is asking the Federal Aviation Administration to require children under 2...

4 years 3 months ago

Fixing bikes, hoping to fix lives

Peter Sprunger-Froese's Bike Clinic in Colorado Springs is filled with some of the lost and forgotten parts of bicycles that people thought showed no promise, but Peter brings them back. "To bring life to these bikes, that are what we're trying to do here, says Sprunger-Froese, as he works...

4 years 3 months ago

Job of the Day: CDOT Maintenance

The Colorado Department of Transportation has a Transportation Maintenance position open in Colorado City, south of Pueblo. This position is responsible for performing Highway Maintenance Operations. Members of these patrols may be required to work at varying elevations and in all kinds of weather to include, but not limited...

4 years 4 months ago

CU-Boulder chosen as partner in new space center

The University of Colorado is one of eight universities and other institutions chosen to be part of a new center focusing on commercial space travel, launch operations and space commerce. The Federal Aviation Administration Thursday announced the selection of CU-Boulder to participate in the Center of Excellence for Commercial...

4 years 4 months ago

NTSB probes rollovers by hazmat tanker trucks

Federal safety investigators are probing rollover accidents by tanker trucks carrying propane, gasoline and other hazardous materials. The National Transportation Safety Board wants to know whether equipment similar to the stability systems required for cars would help prevent tanker rollovers. The board is holding a hearing Tuesday on an...

4 years 7 months ago

Toyota may be hit with more fines

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says more fines are possible for Toyota Motor Corp. if further safety violations are uncovered. LaHood said Monday that documents submitted by Toyota to the U.S. government are still being reviewed, and he would not hesitate to impose more penalties. He spoke at...

4 years 8 months ago

New health care agency open in Pueblo

Here's what I'm working on today. Total Longterm Care is now open in Pueblo. The agency helps elderly people who need long term health care. What's unique about them, is that they offer home health care care and transportation services, giving seniors an alternative to living in nursing homes. ...

4 years 10 months ago

LaHood: Toyota taking safety concerns seriously

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says Toyota's leaders have assured him they are taking safety concerns "very seriously." In a statement, LaHood said the transportation agency will "remain in constant communication with Toyota to hold them to that promise." Toyota said Tuesday it was recalling about 437,000 Prius and other hybrid...

4 years 10 months ago

Colorado lawmakers approve fuel tax

The Colorado House has given tentative approval to a bill that would eliminate a tax exemption for energy used in manufacturing, transportation and agriculture. Gov. Bill Ritter proposed going after the tax breaks after the state was forced to cut $2 billion from this year's budget and another $1...

4 years 11 months ago

Transit cuts called discriminatory at MLK event

Events we're held in Colorado Springs in celebration of the Doctor Martin Luther King Junior Monday. At Colorado Technical University, James Tucker publisher of the African American Voice hosted a panel of guest speakers to discuss issues facing black families in Colorado Springs. The topics included healthcare, criminal...

5 years 1 month ago

NTSB: Wayward pilots were working on laptops

Two Northwest Airlines pilots reportedly told federal investigators that they were going over scheduling using their laptop computers in violation of company policy while their plane overflew their Minneapolis destination by 150 miles. National Transportation Safety Board said in a statement Monday that the pilots said in interviews that...

5 years 2 months ago

Gas prices spike overnight

Gas prices took a jump in Southern Colorado over the last 24 hours. One station on Austin Bluffs jumped 13 cents a gallon overnight, while one on Highway 50 in Pueblo did the same thing this morning. For one gas station we found prices are up from $2.22 to...

5 years 3 months ago

CDOT tests new traction material on I-25

The Colorado Department of Transportation is testing a new road material that could improve safety on curvy sections of I-25. The material is called crushed flint rock--it has a texture similar to sand paper and it's designed to give drivers more traction on the road. On Monday and Tuesday, CDOT...

5 years 3 months ago

Debate continues over political semi-trailers

The Colorado Department of Transportation is urging county leaders to enforce laws that ban political semi-trailers. The trailers pop up every political season around Pueblo. They're illegal in the county and state law doesn't allow them parked near state highways. But some argue the trailers are a freedom of speech,...

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