Comment By Tom Carllon
For Regional Transportation Plan
Comment Dec. 14, 2009

Denver Regional Council of Governments

Subject: Oppose the Jefferson Parkway

I am submitting these comments for the December 16, 2009 hearing.

The Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) should vote AGAINST the proposed Jefferson Parkway toll road.

The toll road has never made economic sense. It would require that taxpayers spend $800 million to $1 billion in additional transportation improvements. Even in flush times, this is a huge waste of resources. It is the responsibility of governmental bodies to prioritize projects and the expenditure of taxpayer money. Also, I suspect that the proposed public-private partnership is unworkable and would in time lead to "buyers remorse."

The Jefferson Parkway Public Highway Authority's own data shows that the project would dramatically increase traffic on S.H. 93 and other surrounding roads.

The City of Golden, the City of Boulder and Boulder County have prepared a better plan that would fix the congestion and safety issues on S.H. 93 and support transit and regional economic development.

DRCOG should look to the upcoming legislative session in order for our elected representatives to weigh in on the future of this project.

Tom Carllon
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