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Locals troubled by talk of toll on I-70

SILVERTHORNE, Colorado ” Some mountain locals are raising questions about a legislator’s proposal to use tolls to ease ski and other mountain highway congestion.

They say they fear it doesn’t take their views and interest into consideration.

“To base a bill off the opinions of 88 people on an online survey is very concerning. To move a bill forward without considering the effected communities in the mountains could have a negative effect,” said state Sen. Dan Gibbs, D-Silverthorne.

State Sen. Chris Romer, a Denver Democrat, is pushing the idea, and asking for online comments on it.

Gibbs, who commutes regularly to Denver on I-70, said mountain residents need to be involved in decision making on this issue because it is vital to their lives.

“While I appreciate innovative thinking, I think it’s important to consider the fact that the citizen putting their opinions on the online forum don’t necessarily live or work along the I-70 corridor and aren’t as affected by the changes that could be made,” said State Rep. Christine Scanlan, whose district includes Eagle and Summit counties.

“Although the wiki-bill is a fun way to engage people in public policy, I am more in support of the work being done by the I-70 Coalition, and I think they deserve to be heard,” Scanlan added.

The I-70 Coalition is an organization of mountain towns working on ways to reduce traffic between Denver the mountains. It favors consideration of alternative solutions such as a train.

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