Craig With state revenue streams drying up and demand, construction and maintenance costs escalating, providing adequate transportation for Colorado is quickly becoming an "unsustainable situation," said Evan Dreyer, a spokesman for Gov. Bill Ritter.
"We have to find a solution to what will become a major problem," Dreyer said.
For that reason, Ritter formed a blue-ribbon transportation commission to examine the state's transportation revenue challenges and make recommendations to the governor by the end of the year.
The panel is scheduled to meet from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at Meeker's Fairfield Center, 200 Main St. The discussion, the first transportation panel meeting hosted outside the Denver metro area, is open to the public.
The governor will not attend, Dreyer said. Local transportation experts from a nine-county area, including Moffat and Routt counties, will speak about Northwest Colorado transportation needs.
"We believe there will be some good discussion," Dreyer said.
Ritter convened the 30-member panel with an April kick-off meeting in Denver. Since the opening meeting, the panel has met a handful of times.
"It's mission was to work for the rest of the year and explore issues around transportation financing," Dreyer said.
Among the officials slated to appear today in Meeker is Russ George, Colorado Department of Transportation executive director, who will provide a transportation overview at 9:15 a.m.
Other presentations will include issues surrounding rural transportation, energy-industry impacts and severance tax.
The transportation panel will next meet July 12 in Pueblo at the Pueblo Convention Center.
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