Here’s what’s next for Denver’s first transportation department

As Colorado leaders continue to struggle to find more resources for highways and transit, Denver officials will have new power to take control of their transportation system, stemming from a vote during last week’s election that will allow the city to create its own Department of Transportation and Infrastructure.

A full 75% of city residents gave their approval to a city-proposed initiative that converts the 1,100-worker public-works department into a department that focuses on transportation systems, from streets to bike lanes to buses. And the language in the initiative gives new authority to plan and operate transit service, as well as to oversee pathways for bikes and non-motorized vehicles.