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s_tra_2016a_2016-02-18t11:26:23z2 Hearing Summary

Date: 02/18/2016



Final

BILL SUMMARY for HB16-1008



SENATE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION


Votes: View--> Action Taken:
Refer House Bill 16-1008 to the Committee of the W PASS







12:42 PM -- HB16-1008



The committee took a brief recess.



12:44 PM



The committee returned to order. Senators Cooke and Heath, co-prime sponsors, presented House Bill 16-1008. Under the reengrossed bill, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) may open up an area of a roadway that is not a traffic lane (i.e. the shoulder) for use by certain commercial vehicles (i.e. public buses).



To permit the use of a designated area, CDOT must:

      consult with the Colorado State Patrol in the Department of Public Safety (DPS);

      establish conditions of use for the area; and

      enter into a written agreement with authorized users.



Subject to the conditions of use, the bus driver has sole discretion in determining whether or not to drive on a shoulder based on his or her safety assessment. CDOT must also work with local government agencies when implementing the use of a shoulder.



12:49 PM --
Tom Tobiassen, representing the Regional Transportation District (RTD) board of directors, testified in support of the bill.



12:50 PM --
Dave Genova, representing RTD, testified in support of the bill.



12:55 PM --
Herb Atchison, representing the Denver Regional Council of Governments, the US 36 Mayors and Commissioners Coalition, and the City of Westminster, testified in support of the bill.



12:58 PM --
Andy Karsian, representing CDOT, testified in support of the bill.



01:00 PM --
Jennifer Jones, representing the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, testified in support of the bill.



01:02 PM --
Elena Wilken, representing the Colorado Association of Transit Agencies, testified in support of the bill.





01:04 PM



Senators Cooke and Heath wrapped up their presentation and asked for a favorable recommendation.

BILL: HB16-1008
TIME: 01:05:11 PM
MOVED: Cooke
MOTION: Refer House Bill 16-1008 to the Committee of the Whole. The motion passed on a vote of 4-1.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Cooke
Yes
Garcia
Yes
Todd
Yes
Scott
Yes
Baumgardner
No
Final YES: 4 NO: 1 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS







01:05 PM



The committee adjourned.




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