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Colorado Mobility Coalition Candidate Surveys

 The Colorado Mobility Coalition surveyed federal, state, and local candidates. Responses to the survey follow. Five candidates wrote letters and/or sent literature instead of completing the survey. Due to space, time and fairness issues, those letters are not published.

CMC Federal Candidate Survey


1. Public transportation is an essential part of a balanced transportation program for Colorado.
A. Strongly Agree    B. Agree    C. Somewhat Agree    D. Do not Agree

Mike Feeley (D) U.S. District 7 A
Mark Udall (D) U.S. District 2 A
Lance Wright (D) U.S. District 6 A



2. The reauthorization of the Transportation Efficiency Act/TEA 21 will occur this session. Do you support a greater federal investment for public transportation programs?
A. Strongly Agree    B. Agree    C. Somewhat Agree    D. Do not Agree

Mike Feeley (D) U.S. District 7 A
Mark Udall (D) U.S. District 2 A
Lance Wright (D) U.S. District 6 A

 

3. TEA 21 guarantees funding for federal highway and public transportation programs. This provides transportation programs with the stability they need to meet long term infrastructure needs. Would you support the continuation of such guarantees in the reauthorization of TEA 21?
A. Yes     B. No     C. Not Sure

Mike Feeley (D) U.S. District 7 Y
Mark Udall (D) U.S. District 2 Y
Lance Wright (D) U.S. District 6 Y


 

4. Currently, federal capital grants are dispersed at 40 percent new rail starts; 40 percent rail modernization; and 20 percent buses and bus facilities. Do you support a proposed change to that formula to a one-third, one-third, one-third split?
A. Very Strongly    B. Strongly    C. Somewhat    D. Not at All

Mike Feeley (D) U.S. District 7 Not sure. Would need more information.
Mark Udall (D) U.S. District 2 B
Lance Wright (D) U.S. District 6 I am unsure of the implications of this policy change. I will have to learn more


 

5. Do you support doing away with the current formula of 84 percent of all formula funds going to large-urban areas of more than 200,000 in population; 10 percent going to small- urban areas of between 50,000 and 200,000 populations and 6 percent going to rural areas of less than 50,000 population for a proposed new formula of 60% urban, 20% small- urban, and 20% rural?
A. Very Strongly    B. Strongly    C. Somewhat    D. Not at All

Mike Feeley (D) U.S. District 7 Not sure. Would need more information.
Mark Udall (D) U.S. District 2 D
Lance Wright (D) U.S. District 6 I am unsure of the implications of this policy change. I will have to learn more.


 
 

6. Do you support development of high speed commuter rail between Fort Collins and Pueblo as outlined by Tom Norton, Executive Director, C-DOT, in a recent letter to Norman Mineta, Secretary, US DOT, in which Mr. Norton asks for US DOT designation of Colorado's Front Range as a high-speed passenger rail corridor?
A. Very Strongly    B. Strongly    C. Somewhat    D. Not at All Very

Mike Feeley (D) U.S. District 7 C
Mark Udall (D) U.S. District 2 B
Lance Wright (D) U.S. District 6 I am a strong advocate of high-peed rail. I support designating as many corridors as may be useful. Funding priorities would come after more study.


 
 
7. What factors would make you more likely to support increased funding for public transportation?


a. Reduces pollution
b. Reduces congestion
c. Saves energy
d. Promotes economic growth
e. People need it to get around
f. More cost efficient than roads and cars
g. Safer
h. Only transportation for many from the elderly, disability and low income populations
i. Remains an underutilized, untapped resource
j. Contributes to quality urban design

Mike Feeley (D) U.S. District 7 all
Mark Udall (D) U.S. District 2 all
Lance Wright (D) U.S. District 6 all

 
 
 

8. Please share any additional thoughts or quotes that can help state your position on re-authorization of TEA 21 and/or public transportation in Colorado.
 

Mike Feeley (D) U.S. District 7 I will be an advocate for bringing more funding back to the 7th district and support build out of the rapid transit network.
Mark Udall (D) U.S. District 2 I strongly believe that we need a balance of transportation options. We need to find multimode alternatives to move people, products and  information - not just cars. That is why I support light rail, telecommuting and bus options  including bus rapid transit. I will push for all of these things in TEA 21 reauthorization.
Lance Wright (D) U.S. District 6

I am a strong advocate of public/alternative transportation. I personally ride my bicycle to work (22 mile round-trip) ½ to ¾ of the time on an annual basis. I often ride the light rail to downtown Denver, when I have meetings there.

I think it is imperative that the U.S. improve its public transportation system for ALL of the  reasons listed in question 7 above. We must remember that approximately 1/3 of our population fits the definition of "elderly, disabled, and low income population" and need a reliable method of transportation. (At some point, we will all be elderly if we are lucky)!

Reducing our dependence on foreign oil should be a national priority for national security and  economic stability. Improved public transportation is a vital part of that goal.

 

  CMC State Candidate Survey


1. Public transportation is an essential part of a balanced transportation program for Colorado.
A. Strongly Agree B. Agree C. Somewhat Agree D. Do not Agree

Jerry Frangas (D) HD 4 A
Joel Judd (D) HD 5 A
Jack Pommer (D) HD 11 A
Dave Hustvedt (R) HD 13 B
Mark Entrekin (D) HD 16 A
Timothy Snowden (D) HD 21 A
Sara Gagliardi (D) HD 27 A
Debbie Benefield (D) HD 29 A
Paul Zimmerman (D) HD 31 A
Frank Weddig (D) HD 36 A
Suzanne Williams (D) HD 41 A
Kirk Brush (R) HD 53 C
Terry Carwile (D) HD 57 A
Bill Patterson (D) HD 58 A
Emily Tracy (D) HD 60  
Wesley McKinley (D) HD 64 B
Ken Clark (D) HD 65 A
Ken Kester (R) SD 2 A
Abel Tapia (D) SD 3 B
John Evans (R) SD 30 A
 Jerri Hill (D) SD 30 A
 Rollie Heath (D) Governor A

 
 

2. If you were asked to distribute $100 in public funds to support transportation services in Colorado, how much would you allocate to each of the following types of transportation.

a. Fixed Route Transit Services and Facilities _______
b. Paratransit Service for Rural Areas and for Seniors and People with Disabilities ________
c. Carpool or Vanpool __________
d. Roads and Facilities for Private Car/Truck ________
e. Passenger Rail __________
f. Bicycle Facilities _________

 
Jerry Frangas (D) HD 4  a. 20 b. 10 c. 5 d. 20 e. 40 f. 5
Joel Judd (D) HD 5  I don’t favor public funds for private roads. Otherwise I would allocate based on need and usage.
Jack Pommer (D) HD 11 Not sure
Dave Hustvedt (R) HD 13 a. 5 b. 3 c. 3 d. 88 e. 2 f. 1
Mark Entrekin (D) HD 16 a. 30 b. 20 c. 5 d. 5 e. 20 f. 20
Timothy Snowden (D) HD 21 Need to discuss
Sara Gagliardi (D) HD 27 a. 20 b. 30 c. 10 d. 20 e. 10 f. 10
Debbie Benefield (D) HD 29 a. 25 b. 25 c. 10 d. 10 e. 25 f. 5
Paul Zimmerman (D) HD 31 We should shoot for 30% on alternative transportation, the bulk on grade-separated transit.
Frank Weddig (D) HD 36 a. 4 b. 1 c. 2 d. 90 e. 2 f. 1
Suzanne Williams (D) HD 41 a. 20 b. 20 c. 10 d. 20 e. 20 f. 10
Kirk Brush (R) HD 53 a. ? b. 5 c. 1 d. 90 e. 2 to help get started, then go to private industry f. 2
Bill Patterson (D) HD 58 a. 20 b. 25 c. 5 d. 20 e. 25 f. 5
Emily Tracy (D) HD 60 a. 20 b. 20 c. 5 d. 30 e. 20 f. 5
Wesley McKinley (D) HD 64 a. 25 b. 40 c. 15 d. 20 e. 0 f. 0
Ken Clark (D) HD 65 a. 10 b. 15 c. 5 d. 60 e. 10 f. 0
Ken Kester (R) SD 2 a. 20 b. 20 c. 20 d. 20 e. 20 f. 0
Abel Tapia (D) SD 3 a. 75 b. 5 c. 5 d. 0 e. 15 f. 0
John Evans (R) SD 30 a. 30 b. 5 c. 3 d. 60 e. 2 f. 1
 Jerri Hill (D) SD 30 a. 25 b. 20 c. 5 d. 20 e. 25 f. 5
 Rollie Heath (D) Governor a. 10 c. 10 d. 50 e. 27 f. 3 -Note: The Governor survey did not include b.




 
3. Do you support development of high speed commuter rail between Fort Collins and Pueblo as outlined by Tom Norton, Executive Director, C-DOT, in a recent letter to Norman Mineta, Secretary, US DOT, in which Mr. Norton asks for US DOT designation of Colorado’s Front Range as a high-speed passenger rail corridor?
A. Strongly Agree B. Agree C. Somewhat Agree D. Do not Agree

Jerry Frangas (D) HD 4 B
Joel Judd (D) HD 5  I have not studied
Jack Pommer (D) HD 11  A
Dave Hustvedt (R) HD 13  C
Mark Entrekin (D) HD 16  A
Timothy Snowden (D) HD 21  A
Sara Gagliardi (D) HD 27  B
Debbie Benefield (D) HD 29  B
Paul Zimmerman (D) HD 31  B
Frank Weddig (D) HD 36  B
Suzanne Williams (D) HD 41  B
Kirk Brush (R) HD 53  C
Terry Carwile (D) HD 57  A
Bill Patterson (D) HD 58  B
Emily Tracy (D) HD 60  A
Wesley McKinley (D) HD 64  D
Ken Clark (D) HD 65  B
Ken Kester (R) SD 2  B
Abel Tapia (D) SD 3  B
John Evans (R) SD 30  C
 Jerri Hill (D) SD 30  A
 Rollie Heath (D) Governor  A


 

4. Would you support indexing the motor fuels tax to reflect the increase in the cost of highway construction, as reflected by the Colorado Department of Transportation highway cost index?
A. Strongly Agree B. Agree C. Somewhat Agree D. Do not Agree

Jerry Frangas (D) HD 4 C
Joel Judd (D) HD 5  Won't work with TABOR
Jack Pommer (D) HD 11  B
Dave Hustvedt (R) HD 13  C
Mark Entrekin (D) HD 16  B
Timothy Snowden (D) HD 21  C
Sara Gagliardi (D) HD 27  C
Debbie Benefield (D) HD 29  C
Paul Zimmerman (D) HD 31  C
Frank Weddig (D) HD 36  B
Suzanne Williams (D) HD 41  B
Kirk Brush (R) HD 53  D
Terry Carwile (D) HD 57  D
Bill Patterson (D) HD 58  B
Emily Tracy (D) HD 60  B
Wesley McKinley (D) HD 64  D
Ken Clark (D) HD 65  D
Ken Kester (R) SD 2  D thru bonds
Abel Tapia (D) SD 3  B
John Evans (R) SD 30  R
 Jerri Hill (D) SD 30  A
 Rollie Heath (D) Governor  B




5. Would you support a community transit pass for everyone?
A. Strongly Agree B. Agree C. Somewhat Agree D. Do not Agree

Jerry Frangas (D) HD 4  C
Joel Judd (D) HD 5  Don't know
Jack Pommer (D) HD 11  B
Dave Hustvedt (R) HD 13  C
Mark Entrekin (D) HD 16  Need info
Timothy Snowden (D) HD 21  B
Sara Gagliardi (D) HD 27  Need info
Debbie Benefield (D) HD 29  C Need info
Paul Zimmerman (D) HD 31  C Under 20 years
Frank Weddig (D) HD 36  C
Suzanne Williams (D) HD 41  C
Kirk Brush (R) HD 53  D
Terry Carwile (D) HD 57  D
Bill Patterson (D) HD 58  C
Emily Tracy (D) HD 60  C
Wesley McKinley (D) HD 64  B
Ken Clark (D) HD 65  C
Ken Kester (R) SD 2  C
Abel Tapia (D) SD 3  B
John Evans (R) SD 30  D
 Jerri Hill (D) SD 30  A
 Rollie Heath (D) Governor  B

 

6. What factors would make you more likely to support increased funding for public transportation ?


a. Reduces pollution
b. Reduces congestion
c. Saves energy
d. Promotes economic growth
e. People need it to get around
f. More cost efficient than roads and cars
g. Safer
h. Remains an underutilized, untapped resource
i. Contributes to quality urban design

 

Jerry Frangas (D) HD 4  all
Joel Judd (D) HD 5  all
Jack Pommer (D) HD 11  all
Dave Hustvedt (R) HD 13  e,f
Mark Entrekin (D) HD 16  all
Timothy Snowden (D) HD 21  a,b,c,g,h
Sara Gagliardi (D) HD 27  all
Debbie Benefield (D) HD 29  all
Paul Zimmerman (D) HD 31  a,b,c,i
Frank Weddig (D) HD 36  b,e,f
Suzanne Williams (D) HD 41  a,b,c,d,e,i
Kirk Brush (R) HD 53  prefer private
Terry Carwile (D) HD 57  a,b,c,g,h,i
Bill Patterson (D) HD 58  all
Emily Tracy (D) HD 60  b,c,f,g
Wesley McKinley (D) HD 64  a,b,c,d,h
Ken Clark (D) HD 65  all
Ken Kester (R) SD 2  b,c,f,g
Abel Tapia (D) SD 3  d,f
John Evans (R) SD 30  f
 Jerri Hill (D) SD 30  all
 Rollie Heath (D) Governor  all



7. Please share any additional thoughts or quotes that can help state your position on public transportation in Colorado.

Jerry Frangas (D) HD 4 NA
Joel Judd (D) HD 5 Light rail is a tremendous success. We need to build out the system. We have good bike trails. We can do better.
Jack Pommer (D) HD 11 Right now we’re playing catch-up with public transportation; trying to extend bus and rail lines into areas that have already been developed. That’s important, but I think we also have to begin integrating public transportation plans into our growth plans. Public transportation should be planned and built in concert with new development.
Dave Hustvedt (R) HD 13  NA
Mark Entrekin (D) HD 16 I am a strong advocate for a responsible transportation system. I strongly support increased funding and development of alternate forms of transportation. More highways are not the only answer. We need choice; we need a mixture of transportation resources. We need to include light rail, high-speed rail, effective bus systems, bike paths and efficient highway systems. No one vehicle works for all of our needs.
Timothy Snowden (D) HD 21  NA
Sara Gagliardi (D) HD 27 I support enhancing RTD, light rail, toll roads to improve transportation for Colorado.
Debbie Benefield (D) HD 29 The many advantages that a well-planned, responsibly run public  transportation system could offer to Colorado must be explored. We
have taken promising first steps, and now is the time to take advantage of creative solutions.
Frank Weddig (D) HD 36  A lot of work to be done
Suzanne Williams (D) HD 41 Sitting on the House Transportation Committee I will continue to  advocate for a multi- modal approach to solving our state transportation challenges. Keeping transportation at the top of the states agenda is fundamental to improving our state economy
Kirk Brush (R) HD 53 Government should provide good roads for people who prefer auto  travel, and for buses. Government should provide public transit for  the elderly and disabled when not economically viable for private industry. Government should encourage mass transit by private  industry, such as we already have to/from DIA, and between cities on the front range (Greyhound Bus).
Terry Carwile (D) HD 57 It seems that a lot of the congestion problem on the Front Range is a  “peak load” problem. It’s not possible to build out of this problem.
Solutions should focus on reducing single-occupant vehicles during peak load traffic and expanding public transportation to the north,  west, and south.
Bill Patterson (D) HD 58 NA
Emily Tracy (D) HD 60 This is a quote from my campaign “walking card:” “Protect funds for  rural transportation, develop creative alternatives to highways including expanded telecommunications infrastructure and commuter rail."
Wesley McKinley (D) HD 64 We need public transportation options in this District.
Ken Clark (D) HD 65 Public transportation planning and development must include services and connections to rural areas
Ken Kester (R) SD 2 It’s necessary for our future plans.
Abel Tapia (D) SD 3  NA
John Evans (R) SD 30 NA
 Jerri Hill (D) SD 30 NA
 Rollie Heath (D) Governor Colorado is one of only five states in the U.S. that doesn’t have at least one fulltime person in the Transportation Department devoted to alternative transportation. When I am elected Governor I will conduct a top-to- bottom audit of the Transportation Department to determine exactly what resources we have. My goal will be to allocate at least 25 percent of the resources to alternative transit.
 


Note: The Governor survey included these two additional questions. Candidate Rollie Heath’s response is bolded and underlined.


Would you support a division of State general fund monies, currently going only for highway construction, to be split on a 50/50 basis with alternative transportation choices namely pedestrian, bicycle, bus, and rail?
 

I support a 66 percent highways/34 percent transit split Accessible transportation in rural Colorado and transportation for the elderly and persons with disabilities is woefully inadequate throughout the State. Would you support State funding to address this? 

 

 
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