In 1991, Colorado's General Assembly
enacted legislation directing that
transportation planning is to occur
as a cooperative process:
"...the General Assembly recognizes the
Department of Transportation as the
proper body, in cooperation with regional
planning commissions and local
government officials, for developing and
maintaining the state transportation
planning process and the state
transportation plan." §43-1-1101
Colorado Revised Statutes
With policy direction provided at the statewide level through the Colorado Transportation
Commission, regional planning commissions prepare regional transportation plans identifying
and prioritizing their long-range transportation needs for all modes. These regional plans and
priorities are integrated and consolidated into the state's 20 year multi-modal plan, which
serves as the blueprint for how transportation resources are invested and projects are selected
To position Southeast Colorado to compete for economic development opportunities by
strengthening the transportation infrastructure to support the effective, efficient and safe
movement of people and goods.
Goal 1: To strengthen the economic viability of the region.
Sub-goal A: To maintain the regions agricultural base economy through
development of transportation infrastructure.
Sub-goal B: To enhance tourism and recreational opportunities for
residents and visitors to the region through development
of transportation infrastructure.
Goal 2: To develop multi-modal transportation options to improve
mobility and support economic development.
Sub-goal A: To improve east-west linkages to connect the region to its
markets in Colorado and Kansas and other areas of
Sub-goal B: To create better north-south linkages to access markets in
Canada and Mexico.
Sub-goal C: To improve air, rail, intercity bus, public transit and bikeway
facilities and services throughout the region, in addition to