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Colorado offered $28 million for free transit in August. Most money for smaller agencies has gone unclaimed.

More than $2 million in state money allocated to make public transit free this month — in a push to boost ridership and ease pollution — will go unused as some regional transportation agencies say they don’t have enough drivers to handle a ridership surge.  Statewide, 14 transportation agencies, including the Regional Transportation District in […]

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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 […]

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Colorado is about to spend $28 million to fund free summer bus and train trips. It remains unclear if riders will flock.

If you build it, will they really come?  Or, more specifically, if you make transit free for one month will Coloradans start riding it and then come back when they have to pay? Democratic lawmakers and Gov. Jared Polis hope the answer is “yes” as they prepare to spend $28 million on a program aimed […]

Posted inOpinion, Opinion Columns

Opinion: Punishing RTD hurts Colorado’s most potent weapon against climate change

Coloradans have many complaints about RTD — the Regional Transportation District that operates buses and light-rail across metro Denver. Some are valid, some are not. Despite all the issues, the real insanity is some of the solutions that people propose to “fix” this system. The two most popular ideas are balkanization and defunding. Balkanization is […]

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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 […]

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Opinion: We already have a tool that can clean the air, reduce traffic, and expand job opportunity: the bus

Last year was one for the record books, as evidenced by historic wildfires burning throughout the state as late as October. The harsh consequences of our car-oriented transportation system become more evident each day as communities both locally and across the country face devastating wildfires, flooding, unprecedented heat, and more poor-air-quality days than good ones. […]