About the worst way to view the beloved foothills behind Boulder is while sitting in bumper-to-bumper rush hour traffic on U.S. 36. Transportation gurus have bounced around ideas to ease the traffic, and two have made the cut. One includes, gasp, tolls. Take a look at a similar project along I-25. The toll/HOV lane through the heavily congested northern Denver section has been a huge success. If you’re driving with someone else, it’s free. If not, pay for a stress-free cruise. Critics say it’s elitist. But it eases congestion and brings a bevy of cash.
What’s Next: Public comment began in July, and traffic remains bottlenecked on 36.