Gov. Bill Ritter Jr. and legislative leaders hope to ease Colorado’s transportation funding crisis with a program dubbed FASTER, for Funding Advancement for Surface Transportation Economic Recovery.

To pay for road and bridge projects, the program would increase funding by $250 million and would issue bonds by imposing a new surcharge on annual vehicle registrations ranging from $29 to $71 based on weight. A $2 daily fee would also be levied on rental cars.

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