The Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition has urged Gov. John Hickenlooper to sign into law SB 14-197, the Transportation Enterprise Transparency Act.
In a letter delivered to the governor’s office Monday, the CFOIC welcomed the bipartisan measure as a way to shine more light on the public-private partnership deals that are needed to finance costly improvements to Colorado’s transportation system.
It is clear that members of the public affected by the U.S. 36 toll-lane expansion project did not feel adequately informed about important financial aspects of a 50-year agreement between the Colorado Department of Transportation and Plenary Roads Denver, a consortium of six companies.
SB 14-197, which passed the General Assembly in the final days of the 2014 session, would ensure that the public is sufficiently notified, and given ample opportunities to comment, during key stages of future “P3” transportation projects.
Follow the Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition on Twitter @CoFOIC. Like CFOIC’s Facebook page. Visit CFOIC’s legislature page to track bills in the General Assembly that could affect the flow or availability of information in Colorado.