Message from the Executive Director: New Year, New Transportation Bills

Audrey DeBarros, Commuting Solutions Executive Director, smiles for a pictureWe’re optimistic as our regional and state dignitaries recently introduce two new transportation bills to the General Assembly over the last few weeks.

The first bill, HB 22-1026 would replace an exisiting income tax deduction for expenses incurred by employers when providing alternative transportation options to employees with a refundable income tax credit of 50% of such expenses for employers.

The second bill, HB 22-1138, would aim to reduce employee single-occupancy vehicle trips and would require the executive director of the department of transportation, in coordination with the Colorado Energy Office and metropolitan planning organizations, to create an annual commuter survey for employers to use to determine how their employees commute to and from their work site.

Both bills are taking the right steps to make transportation more sustainable for the northwest metro region. Transportation is the largest Greenhouse Gas emissions in the world, and it’s time to do something about it.

Commuting Solutions’ Board of Directors has taken an initiative of support of HB 22-1026 and 22-1138 to show we believe this is a positive step for Colorado.

We will continue to advocate for sustainable transportation, work with our partners and stakeholders and make sure we’re promoting programs to help provide sustainable commuting options.

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