Shailen Bhatt was recently appointed as the executive director for the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), where he is charged with leading the Department in planning for and addressing Colorados transportation needs. Bhatt oversees 3,000 employees statewide and an annual budget of approximately $1.2 billion to guide CDOT in providing the best multi-modal transportation system for Colorado. Prior to this appointment, he served as the cabinet secretary for the Delaware Department of Transportation and as an associate administrator at the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Bhatt also plays a leadership role in national transportation for the U.S. He currently serves on the board of directors for the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and chairs the AASHTO Subcommittee on Transportation Systems Management and Operation (STSMO). Bhatt served as the chair of the executive committee of the I-95 Corridor Coalition and was a commissioner for the Northeast Corridor Commission.
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In this radio interview, Bhatt discusses the federal gas tax, vehicle miles traveled fees, and toll roads.
Like the rest of the nation, funding for transportation in Colorado is at a crossroads. Our primary source of funding, the gas tax, hasn't increased in over 20 years(neither the federal gas tax nor Colorados gas tax), and the recession eliminated General Fund investment by our Colorado Legislature in transportation in 2009.
In the latest 2-Minute Update on state agencies from AASHTO's Transportation TV, Colorado Department of Transportation Executive Director Shailen Bhatt says his department depends on $500 million annually from the federal highway program to pay for road and bridge improvements.