Posted inBusiness, Economy, News, Transportation

What’s Working: Colorado needs transit and truck drivers. How’s a $5,000 bonus sound?

More people are finding work and employers appear to be closer to fulfilling their job openings, but there’s still a shortage of drivers in Colorado.  Of course, there’s long been a need for drivers. It’s not just a pandemic thing. A 2019 report from the American Trucking Associations laments the shortage but notes that the […]

Posted inBusiness, Climate, COVID, Environment, News, Transportation

Colorado dangles free transit on bad pollution days. But will there be anyone to ride? Or drive?

Way back in 2019, when most of us wore masks only at Halloween, Jayne Neimann considered the Bustang a vital part of her life. The bougie commuter bus run by the state transportation department offered Wi-Fi, cushy seats and a chance to relax with her phone for an hour on her way to Denver, where […]

Posted inEconomy, Housing, News, Transportation

RTD wants more housing near stations. It may sacrifice parking spots to make that happen.

By Nathaniel Minor, CPR News From the patch of grass where she stood on a recent morning with her dog Kasha, Rosemarie Chostler could see two of the most important places in her day-to-day life. The first was her new apartment building, an affordable complex at Sheridan Boulevard and the Lakewood Gulch in west Denver. […]

Posted inOpinion, Opinion Columns

Opinion: Freeway expansion is the wrong way to spend Colorado’s COVID-19 relief dollars

Gov. Jared Polis’ Colorado Transportation Commission, a group tasked with directing billions of dollars in state transportation funding every year, met last month to decide the fate of $134 million in federal COVID-19 relief funds. In the face of a pandemic, a climate emergency and a brown cloud hanging over the state Capitol, the commission […]

Posted inCOVID, News, Transportation

RTD gets federal coronavirus relief dollars, reverses furloughs

The Regional Transportation District in Colorado has halted layoffs for about 250 employees after it received more than $200 million from a $900 billion federal coronavirus relief aid package, officials said. The agency also reversed furloughs and salary cuts that were planned for its highest-paid management employees, including a 7.5% pay cut for a dozen […]

Posted inCrime and Courts, News, Transportation

RTD board soundly rejects resolution to replace security with social workers

By Patty Nieberg, The Associated Press/Reporter for America The Denver-metro transit system voted against a resolution to replace security with social workers on Tuesday. The resolution lost in a 14-1 vote in the Regional Transportation District’s publicly elected board of directors. RTD operates throughout most counties in Denver, Aurora and Boulder. Currently, their security team […]

Posted inNews, Politics and Government, Transportation

Polling shows support for a tax hike to pay for a Front Range passenger train. But the devil is in the details.

Polling released last week by the state shows that Colorado voters along the Front Range generally favor raising sales taxes to pay for a passenger train running from Fort Collins to Pueblo.  But that’s just part of the story. What the survey didn’t test was by exactly how much voters would be willing to raise […]

Posted inNews, Politics and Government

National Medal of Honor Museum chooses Texas over Denver for its new home despite Gov. Polis’ efforts

The National Medal of Honor Museum will make its new home in Texas and not Denver, the organization announced Wednesday evening, despite months of efforts by Gov. Jared Polis to lure the attraction to Colorado. Arlington, Texas and Denver were the two cities selected as finalists for the museum’s relocation from Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. […]