Skiers could be paying toll fee for I-70 | PostIndependent.com
YOUR AD HERE »

Skiers could be paying toll fee for I-70

DENVER ” Skiers who use Interstate 70 on weekends could be charged up to $12 for using the highway or sent $25 checks for staying off under legislation being considered by a state senator.

Sen. Chris Romer, D-Denver, said his plan could reduce traffic by 10 percent or more.

“You’re just reallocating money from those who are time-sensitive to those who are price-sensitive, and that’s a perfect market-based solution,” Romer said.

Rep. Rob Witwer, R-Genessee, said the state needs to find a way to reduce traffic jams on weekends, but he’s against penalizing people for driving on a road they already own.

“Anyone who’s been stuck in ski traffic on a Saturday morning understands there’s a problem, but we should avoid big government solutions or something that looks more like a fee. I like the idea of an incentive. It’s a question of how to make it work,” Witwer said.

Romer said skiers could be charged $5 to $12 per trip for driving up the mountain between 6:30 and 8:30 a.m He said the price would adjust with traffic levels.

Romer said skiers who choose to go early or wait until after the rush could get a $25 check in the mail or a coupon to spend that much at a restaurant while they wait out the afternoon rush.

He said skiers could sign up to miss the rush and then would get the rebate if they comply.


Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around Glenwood Springs and Garfield County make the Post Independent’s work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.

For tax deductible donations, click here.
 

Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User