Monday’s Headlines 4/12/21: Transit Falls to Bottom in New Transportation Plan

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Denver, RTD, and the Metro Area

  • Colorado’s Big Transportation Plan Makes Transit A Lower Priority — And RTD Gets Nothing (Colorado Public Radio)
  • Viewpoints clash over street closures in Denver’s City Park – Small closures would allow dedicated space to people walking, biking, and rolling, and still allow vehicle access (The Denver Channel)
  • Denver police warn of dangers of drag racing after death of bystander Jessica Allen was killed by the speeding cars, two people on the sidewalk were also injured (9 News,The Denver Post)
  • RTD set to begin repairs on University of Denver Park-n-Ride (The Denver Post)
  • New bill could turn Front Range Passenger Rail into reality (Denver Business Journal)
  • CO: RTD to update study about possible FasTracks peak passenger train service to Longmont (Mass Transit Mag)
  • Denver Air Quality Index: 9 a.m.: 33 (Good). Yesterday’s max: 51 (Moderate).

Centennial State

  • There was a lot to him,’ former CSU wrestler killed in crash remembered Presiliana Maez was struck by multiple cars while skateboarding home from his job at the Boys and Girls Club (KDVR)
  • Don’t be distracted, be aware! CDOT campaign brings light to unfocused drivers (KDVR)

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Friday’s Headlines 4/9/21: Polis supports local transit but won’t pay for it

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Tomorrow: Show your support for a car-free route through City Park at the Parks are for People Rally at 11 a.m. 

From Streetsblog

  • Traffic Violence Report: 15 People have Died from Denver Traffic Violence in 2021, Keeping Pace with 2020 (Streetsblog Denver)
  • Friday’s Headlines Because We’ve All Had Enough of This Week (Streetsblog USA)
  • Talking Headways Podcast: Promoting Vibrant Street Commerce (Streetsblog USA)

Denver, RTD, and the Metro Area

  • RTD Needs Reform, Not More State Money, Says Polis “So we’re certainly not about to give them money, but the state absolutely supports local transit.”  Governor, we’re going to need some clarification on this one. (Colorado Public Radio)
  • Denver transit board plans to restart rail line planning (The Denver Channel)
  • RTD-Denver’s board OKs ‘mid-level approach’ for Northwest rail (Progressive Railroading)
  • Denver Air Quality Index: 9 a.m.: 49 (Good). Yesterday’s max: 61 (Moderate).

Centennial State

  • Skateboarder hit, killed by multiple vehicles in Fort Collins Wednesday evening  (The Denver Channel)

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Traffic Violence Report: 15 People have Died from Denver Traffic Violence in 2021, Keeping Pace with 2020

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So far in 2021, 15 people have died from traffic violence on Denver streets. Three of the victims were on foot, one was on a scooter, and 11 were in vehicles. At this point in 2020, 15 people were victims of traffic violence in Denver, putting us on track for a year just as deadly as 2020.

This week’s report includes two previously unreported fatalities of people in vehicles from March 23 and April 1.

In 2020 in Denver, 56 people died from traffic violence.

In 2016, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock pledged to end all traffic fatalities and serious injuries by 2030 with the Denver Vision Zero Action Plan.

Thursdays Headlines 4/8/21: Amtrak, RTD continue to consider more train service to Denver

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Denver, RTD, and the Metro Area

  • RTD to update study about possible FasTracks peak passenger train service to Longmont (Times-Call, trains.com)
  • DRCOG Transportation Advisory Committee Notes (DRMAC)
  • Amtrak announces plans to add service route connecting Cheyenne to the Front Range route (Post Independent)
  • Denver Air Quality Index: 9 a.m.: 49 (Good). Yesterday’s max: 64 (Moderate)

Centennial State

  • Neguse seeks CDOT funding in infrastructure package (Real Vail)
  • What would Biden’s infrastructure plan do for Southwest Colorado? (The Journal)

From Streetsblog

  • Protecting Non-Motorists Makes NTSB ‘Most Wanted List’ For the First Time (Streetsblog USA)
  • What Are Thursday’s Headlines, Even? (Streetsblog USA)

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Wednesday’s Headlines 4/7/21: It’s National Walking Day and Bill to boost RTD ridership, lower fares moves forward

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Happy National Walking Day! Here are some 1-hour walks in Denver to get you moving.

Denver, RTD, and the Metro Area

  • Colorado House Passes Bill To Boost RTD Ridership, Lower Fares (finally!) (CBS Local)
  • NACTO Announces New Executive Board Leadership with DOTI’s Eulois Cleckley at the helm (NACTO)
  • With An Eye On Federal Money, RTD To Restart Planning For Boulder And Longmont Train (Colorado Public Radio)
  • Arapahoe County residents who can’t drive have an ally (Centennial Citizen)
  • Denver’s Group Living Amendment Now Applies To All Areas Of The City (CBS Local)
  • U.S. 36 bikeway near Flatiron Crossing Mall now open (Daily Camera)
  • Don’t come to us, we’ll come to you: Car crashes into home in Brighton; Home occupant and driver uninjured (9 News)
  • Colorado’s Smallest County Makes a Big Push for the Safety of Its Residents (Westword)
  • Denver Air Quality Index: 9 a.m.: 45 (Good). Yesterday’s max: 71 (Moderate)

Centennial State

  • Fourth Street Crossing Development Aims to Create a New ‘Main Street’ for Silverthorne (ENR)
  • Vail’s electric buses ready to make debut (Vail Daily)
  • 2021 City Council Election Results: Colorado Springs Voters Favor A Focus On Infrastructure And Small Business (Colorado Public Radio)

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Tuesday’s Headlines 4/6/21: Cycling towards upward mobility

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Denver, RTD, and the Metro Area

  • Commentary: Cycling Towards Upward Mobility (Denver Streetsblog)
  • How Denver’s neighborhoods got their shapes (Denverite)
  • Denver City Council Chipping Away at Old Zoning Code Remnants (Westword)
  • Denver to pave 465 lane-miles of streets in 2021 (9 News)
  • Rail Transit and COVID-19, One Year Later – in Denver, only the A Line has returned to the pre-pandemic schedule (Railway Age)
  • Denver Air Quality Index: 9 a.m.: 54 (Moderate). Yesterday’s max: 71 (Moderate)

From Streetsblog

  • Tuesday’s Headlines as the NCAA’s March Madness Ends (Streetsblog USA)

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Monday’s Headlines 4/5/21: Person walking seriously hurt, pedicabs may be slowly returning

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Denver, RTD, and the Metro Area

  • Pedestrian (Person Walking) Seriously Hurt In Crash Involving Bus At 13th Ave. & Lincoln St. (CBS Local)
  • Denver’s pedicab economy is maybe, slowly, coming back to life (Denverite)
  • Pedestrian killed in crash on I-25 frontage road in Broomfield (9 News)
  • Denver Air Quality Index: 9 a.m.: 60 (Moderate). Yesterday’s max: 64 (Moderate)

Centennial State

From Streetsblog

  • Monday’s Headlines to Begin a Busy Week (Streetsblog USA)
  • Opinion: Safe School Transportation Has A Place in the Next Infrastructure Package (Streetsblog USA)

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Friday’s Headlines 04/02/21 Person Walking Dies in Crash on Interstate 25

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Denver, RTD, and the Metro Area

Centennial State

  • (Person Driving) Car hits man trying to remove tree from road in Fowler (21 WFMJ)
  • Colorado sees big boost for roads, transit systems and Front Range rail under Biden plan — but details scant so far (Denver Post)
  • Federal transportation bill could help make Front Range passenger rail a reality (Colorado Politics)
  • Ed Norden: Clean up our trashy highways – be a good person, don’t litter. (Canon City Daily)

From Streetsblog

  • Friday’s Headlines to Close Out a Big Week (Streetsblog USA)
  • It’s Illegal To Smoke A Joint And Ride Your Bike, But Not THAT Illegal (Streetsblog NYC)
  • SCOTUS Declines to Hear ‘Pedestrian Safety’ Defense of Anti-Panhandling Laws (Streetsblog USA)

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Thursday’s Headlines 04/01/21: Ditch your Car, Take the Train (we’re not kidding!)

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Denver, RTD, and the Metro Area

  • (Step 1: Ditch your Car) I ditched my car and joined a car-share program 3 years ago, and it’s saved me well over $6,000 since (Business Insider)
  • (Step 2: Take the Train) Biden infrastructure plan could bring Amtrak service to more cities (Including Denver!) (The Denver Channel)
  • Denver Air Quality Index: 9 a.m.: 58 (Moderate). Yesterday’s max: 58 (Moderate)

Centennial State

  • Sandra Hagen Solin: Transportation plan must address Colorado’s existing transportation crisis (Greeley Tribune)
  • Federal Spending Plan Could Thrust Colorado Roadways & Transportation Infrastructure Forward (CBS Local)
  • CDOT launches new campaign to combat growth in distracted driving (Summit Daily)

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Wednesday’s Headlines 3/31/21: E-scooter, Bikeshare Vote Delayed by City Council

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Denver, RTD, and the Metro Area

Centennial State

  • 42 crashes per day involve distracted drivers in Colorado (yikes!) (Western Slope Now, 9 News)
  • What can Congress do? (Spoiler: Transform Transportation!) (U.S. Pirg)
  • Colorado’s air quality enforcers ordered staff to relax measuring of pollution, state employees allege (The Denver Post)
  • Democrats want to accelerate the governor’s Colorado Greenhouse Pollution Reduction Roadmap (The Colorado Sun)

From Streetsblog

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  • There’s a Better Way to Date Online—If You Like Trains (The Atlantic)

 

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