BILL SUMMARY for HB09-1027
HOUSE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION & ENERGY
|Moved to refer House Bill 09-1027 to the Committee
02:37 PM -- House Bill 09-1027
Representative Rice, prime sponsor, discussed the merits of the House Bill 09-1027. The legislation authorizes, but does not mandate, transit agencies to place yield signs on the backside of a bus.
Representative Looper asked for information pertaining to current fines.
Representative Baumgardner requested information on the costs of placing yield signs and whether costs would be passed onto riderships. Representative Rice responded that costs would be absorbed into the transit agencies.
Representative Primavera asked whether drivers would have to yield if buses do not have yield signs. Representative Rice responded that the obligation already exists, but makes placing signs easier.
02:42 PM -- Mr. Philo Shelton, representing the City of Steamboat Springs, testified in support of the bill. Mr. Shelton provided a visual display of a yield sign on a bus. Delays caused by failures to yield result in bus delays and reduce efficiency. Other states have similar programs in place, specifically those with high traffic and congestion issues. Representative King asked about potential safety issues that might occur if yield signs flip out while automobiles pass. Representative Looper asked about retrofitting costs. Mr. Shelton responded that costs do exist, but such signs lead to more efficiency.
02:47 PM -- Mr. Lee Kemp, representing the Regional Transportation District (RTD), testified in support of the bill. The RTD board is in support of the legislation. Currently, RTD is not planning to install yield signs immediately, but would examine it for future procurements. Representative Looper asked for the percentage of drivers that do not yield to buses. Mr. Kemp did not know such statistics, but did explain that signs would enhance drivers yielding to buses. Representative Baumgardner asked whether the yield signs would flash similar to the operation of a turn signal. Mr. Kemp responded that yield signs illuminate similar to a high level "stop" sign already on vehicles.
| 02:50:49 PM
|Moved to refer House Bill 09-1027 to the Committee of the Whole. The motion passed on a 10-0 roll call vote.
Final YES: 10 NO: 0 EXC: 1 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS