Reader: Person who okayed HOV lane changes on I-25 should be fired and arrested

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Our post about a lawsuit aimed at privatization of the Boulder Turnpike noted that in the future, HOV lanes on U.S. 36 and Interstate 25 will only be free for vehicles that hold three people, not just two. That prospect has one reader steaming.

Ben Beeby writes:

My only GIANT issue with this it the removal of HOV 2 from I-25. That HOV lane was built with Federal Funds and should no way in hell be included in US 36 expansion. How in the hell did this happen? I am mad as hell. There is no way they should get a say in what happens on a damn Interstate highway. Whomever approved this deal should be fired, arrested and convicted of defrauding taxpayers.

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RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

If the People of Colorado want extra lanes, they should be willing to authorize a bond to pay for the improvements -- any and all profits realized by Plenary Roads should instead go straight to the taxpayers.  Hack needs to go, whether or not all likely replacements are morons too.

Jack Quinn
Jack Quinn

This also screws 2 member families from now using the HOV lanes on I-25 and we are one of the families.

Anthony Anrig
Anthony Anrig

Too bad that so many people forget about how badly the city planners and CDOT fucked us originally: -Every major north/south road like wads, Sheridan, Kipling, Simms, etc should have been built with at least three lanes per side. Avoidance of toll roads etc will only further burden these already fucked up roads. -There is NO easy way to get to the east side of the metro with 6th ending halfway through the city. -225 is a worse than being forced to watch Andrew dice clay/carrot top jack each other off while telling jokes. The Parker bottleneck? I feel sorry for everyone that has to commute through it. -a shared HOV lane on 25 that is one way depending on the time of day/aren't allowed to utilize it during non rush hours? I have never seen a bigger joke of an HOV lane in any metro in the USA. -Shutting down Stapleton airport, building DIA, and forcing just about everyone to mull across 70 east to get to the airport certainly didn't help. -AND COLORADO VOTERS WHO DENIED FUNDING FOR THESE ROADS WHICH LED TO THIS CDOT/GOLDMANN SACHS TOLL DEAL. This is why we can't have nice things.

Marcus Tompkins
Marcus Tompkins

Great now all you tards are gonna clog 93 now. Baseline it is.

Laura Chrisler-Matheney
Laura Chrisler-Matheney

There are four thousand different ways to get to boulder and golden without using a highway.....

Brenda Lott
Brenda Lott

Does this mean the ridiculous cost of our license plates will come down? (sarcasm)

Howard Fear
Howard Fear

Fired - absolutely. I didn't vote for Democrats to privatize our infrastructure. If we want another lane, we should pay for it. Interest rates remain low enough that govts can and should borrow cheaply to fund infrastructure projects. If we can't afford it, we shouldn't build it.

Roger Schrecongost
Roger Schrecongost

I agree. Boycott these roads. There's more than one way into Denver and Boulder.

Deanna Angelo
Deanna Angelo

$9-$12 round trip will be the debut toll fees. I say let them charge tolls for as long as it takes to pay for these improvements but adjust them realistically. Once it's paid for, why on earth would we continue to let them milk us for a full 50 years? That's sensible-this is fraudulent.

Deanna Angelo
Deanna Angelo

$9-$12 round trip they expect the tolls to debut at. M

Steve Reynolds
Steve Reynolds

People are idiots. They think highways appear by magic and don't need massive tax $$ to remain useable.

DougHubka
DougHubka

This old guy recalls reading from Lynn Bartels in the Denver Post that Jon Caldera of the Independence Institute was heavily involved with lobbying for the Lexus lanes.


I always thought it was ironic that he spends so much time fighting public transportation, but is all out of front of making his drive to Boulder easier.

Stan Salazar
Stan Salazar

Valid point if the lane was previously built with federal funds and being privatized for the sake of maintenance.

Benjamin Bradburn
Benjamin Bradburn

Their justification is that the lane was getting too busy and they had a revenue shortfall. I don't trust a damn thing they say after this most recent fiasco, but it's important that we educate ourselves and not just get angry for a min. The fact that they went ahead shows that think we're idiots and we'll forget. Which is unfortunately true.

Dan Brown
Dan Brown

This is a simple one. Don't use them anymore. Leave early and take another route, or use the bus. Wouldn't it be great to see the foreign partnership and the idiots at RTD who approved this lose money.

Rod d'Arbelles
Rod d'Arbelles

Ohh I agree. People are mad as hell but they're mad about the WAY they did it. It was sneaky. I think that if they had "asked" most people would be okay with a 50 year public/private partnership on a Light-Rail lane in place of the 3+ Toll-Lane, which might I add, will do little to relieve congestion and shrink the carbon footprint.

Steve Simpson
Steve Simpson

What lame brain determined that there are enough 3+ people per vehicle on the road to even use the HOV lane? I'm seeing a new road that won't get used and a toll lane that's just too expensive to use. So when the private company goes broke will Obama bail 'em out?

John Lambert
John Lambert

Don't all politicians defraud tax payers? ...

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