Usually snow is not something toll road operators welcome — it keeps people off the roads. But in Colorado, the rules about snow and roads are a little different. The state is one of a handful in the United States that is increasingly turning to private investment to help deliver and maintain infrastructure, including toll roads and lanes. It also happens to be the state I call home. Since our family moved here in 2012, Denver has used a P3 to revamp its downtown Union Station train station, and toll lanes have been added to Highway 36 between Denver and Boulder and, just a few weeks ago, opened along Interstate 70, which runs from Denver to many of the major Rocky Mountain ski resorts.
It has been interesting speaking with friends and family about these particular toll lanes to the slopes. A ski trip already costs a small fortune for a lot of families. Tacking on another $3 to up to $30 depending on the hour and type of pass a person has — to travel to what m