Today’s Headlines

  • “Brighton Boulevard Will Be Open a Few Months After Its Grand Opening” (Denverite)
  • Expect More Scooters on Denver Streets and Sidewalks (9News)
  • Water Wheel Could Power RiNo Promenade (Denverite)
  • Coloradans to Subsidize CDOT’s I-25 Widening at Higher Rate Than Other Toll Roads (DenPo)
  • GOP Officially Against Moving Explosive Oil and Gas Production Further from Homes, Schools (Politics)

National headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • iBikeCommute

    “That’s according to a traffic and revenue study released Wednesday, which includes a survey of area residents aimed to gauge what they might be willing to pay to speed up their travel time in the I-25 “Gap” between Castle Rock and Monument.”

    Imagine if they surveyed bus riders how much they were willing to pay and then set fares accordingly.

    • TakeFive

      Wouldn’t it be great if RTD could get a 50% fare recapture rate like Las Vegas is able to do as opposed to ~22%?

      • iBikeCommute

        What is CDOT’s recovery rate? Never mind, they are just funded by mortgaging our government buildings and federal bailouts.

        • TakeFive

          Mortgaging government buildings was Republican stupid which Initiative 153 will correct IIRC. As to federal bailouts that sounds like a typical meme (used by the right and left) that can mean lots of (pointless) things.

          • iBikeCommute

            Well I could certainly point you to the repeated bailout of the bankrupt highway trust fund, but there are endless examples of the feds propping up unsustainable highway projects.

            The point is that transit is held to a far different standard when talking about fare recovery than highways which are never asked to recoup the revenue spent on maintaining them.

          • TakeFive

            I’m quite familiar with the highway trust fund, not only the talking points but what has actually occurred and why. Fare recovery goes to operating/maintenance and vehicle drivers do pay for most of those expenses on roads. Transit is highly subsidized from capital costs to maintenance and operation. But if people see the value of transit and want to prioritize paying for it what does it matter? Would I support more federal funding support? Sure

            I’m a yuge transit proponent including for the city of Denver. See here: http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?p=8191439#post8191439 Then skip the next two comments and check out the next one.

  • Mike McDaniel

    I don’t see any reference to a water wheel in the RiNo Promenade story, am I missing something?

    • TakeFive

      Ahhh, took me a minute to decipher your problem. I’ll assume you clicked on the Streetsblog link instead of the Denverite linked piece.