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Re: “Denver planners release more details on $125M to $135M Colfax bus rapid transit line,” Jan. 22 news story.

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This comparison from a Chicago street that is similar in layout to Denver’s Colfax Avenue shows the potential changes from installation of a bus rapid transit system, with a dedicated bus lane. (Image provided by Denver Public Works)

Denver transportation planners are forward thinkers in proposing the East Colfax bus rapid transit line. This line has the possibility of easing congestion, with fewer people driving and more people using public transportation, as the city develops more transit-oriented housing.

This is the 21st century — and 21st century transportation needs and expectations will need to change. Even GM and Ford motor companies are realizing that combustion engine-powered transportation will become out of date and new infrastructures will need to be designed and developed. One of the driving factors regarding transportation should be lowering carbon dioxide emissions.

It is time to get on board with new and better ideas for our transportation needs to ensure cleaner air and the health of our planet.

Irene McCahill, Englewood

This letter was published in the Jan. 30 edition.

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