Friday’s Headlines

  • Driver Hit and Killed a Person Crossing the Street in CO Springs (Gazette)
  • Colorado Senators and US House Members are to the Point of Writing Letters Urging RTD, Denver Transit Partners, and the Federal Rail Administration to Work Together to Avoid Further Loss of Service or Delays (CPR)
  • …Also, Tomorrow is the Deadline (DenPo)
  • CDOT is Adding Bustang Service Between Colorado Springs and DTC (Fox21)
  • DIA’s Renovations are Underway, and the Plans for Security are “Radical”, AKA Moving People as Quickly as Possible, to Keep Status as Fifth Busiest Airport in the Nation (WSJ)
  • Aurora City Council Signs off on Proposal to Ban Smoking, Vaping at RTD Stations and Bus Stops (Sentinel)
  • Daytime Valet Service is Coming to Aspen, as an Effort to Free Up Parking Spaces in the Core During Peak Times (Aspen Times)

National headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • Riley Warton

    Wait, how come Bustang decided to add a route between Colorado Springs and DTC and not simply add a stop to the Denver-Colorado Springs route that already exists? If it’s to serve several stop along DTC, then how come Bustang is doing something that should be RTD’s job?

    • TakeFive

      This new route will make 16 stops within the DTC so it’s interesting that they’ll be providing ‘last mile’ service. The more interesting question is why doesn’t DTC provide its own ‘last mile’ shuttle service from light rail stations?

      • Riley Warton

        I’m pretty sure that DTC has a car-centric policy that benefits cars more than people, especially more than those who use public transportation.

        It’s not like RTD doesn’t provide no public transportation at all there, by the way. There’s a call-n-ride there (soon to change its name to FlexRide).

        But yeah, the fact that Colorado Springs people get closer service feels unfair to me.

    • The I-25 ramps were not set up for transit service. The time lost getting in and out of the SE business parks would kill ridership between Denver and Colorado Springs. A DTC route has to be able to succeed or fail on its own.

      The poor pedestrian environment of the older parts of the SE creates a transit retrofit struggle that was best described by my predecessor at RTD as being “like teaching a penguin to fly.” He left for New York City soon after. I was warned not to repeat that, but now I’m retired, so…

  • Camera_Shy

    “Golden, Lakewood, Boulder, Colorado Springs, the 16th
    Street mall in Denver and Fort Collins all have municipal codes that
    outlaw smoking at transit stops.”

    And yet the one thing I can always count on is seeing a smoker at a light rail station or a bus stop. The more things change, the more they stay the same.