Monday’s Headlines

  • Don’t Drink and Drive on New Year’s Eve (AP)
  • RTD Offers Free Rides (9 News)
  • Man Who Lost His Wife on Christmas Eve Asks People Not to Drive Drunk or Stoned (Fox 31)
  • Utah Now Has Nation’s Lowest Blood-Alcohol Limit for a DUI, 0.05% (AP); Colorado’s limit: 0.08%
  • Since 2011 Colorado Traffic Fatalities Increased 40%, This Year Number Stabilized to 582, Through Dec. 17 (Summit Daily)
  • Then Nine People Died on Colorado Highways Between Dec. 24 – 27 (9 News)
  • Sunday Morning a Woman Died and Injured Two Bus Passengers When She Crashed Into an RTD Vehicle in Aurora (Denver Post)
  • A Car Nearly Crashed Onto the Cherry Creek Trail Again (Denverite)
  • “Alarming” Cracks in RTD’s Commuter Rail Cars Require Repairs to Every Car (CPR)
  • Hickenlooper’s Legacy Includes “No Long-Term Transportation or Infrastructure Strategy” for State (Denver Post)
  • Polis Appoints Shoshana Lew Executive Director of CDOT; Previously She Was CFO of U.S. DOT and CEO of Rhode Island DOT (Progressive Railroading)
  • “We Need to Ask Developers, ‘What Are You Doing to Accommodate the Fact That People Still Drive Cars?’” —Mayoral Candidate Penfield Tate III (Denver Post)
  • RTD Fare Hikes Kick in Wednesday (Denver Post)
  • Opinion: In 2010, RTD and Denver Transit Partners  Promised Taxpayers They Would Not Have to Pay for Cost Overruns—and They Shouldn’t. But Now DTP Is Suing RTD to Pay for Crossing Gate Flaggers (Denver Post)
  • Feds Allow Parts of the a and B Commuter Lines to Operate Without Human Flaggers (Denver Post)
  • You Won’t See Tiny Snow Tires Installed on E-Scooters, but as the New Mobility Option Braces for Its First Winter, Denver Shows They Can Remain a Decent Cold-Weather Option (CityLab)
  • Few Ways to Beat I-70 Traffic to the Mountains; “Options to Avoid Driving Aren’t Nearly as Robust as Public Transportation Advocates Have Called for” (Denver Post)
  • After Cutting Transit Budget by One Third, Durango Ridership Drops 25 Percent (Durango Herald)
  • Koch-Funded Libertarian Think Tank Minion Still a Transit Skeptic Who Ignores High Cost of Government Subsidies for Roads (Page Two)
  • Echoing California NIMBYs, Judge Diego Hunt Argues Supply and Demand Does Not Apply to Lakewood’s Housing Crisis as He Clears Way for Ballot Initiative That Would Limit New Construction (Denver Post)
  • More headlines at Streetsblog USA: Year-in-Review Edition
  • TakeFive

    Since 2011 Colorado Traffic Fatalities Increased 40%, This Year Number Stabilized to 582, Through Dec. 17 (Summit Daily)

    Amazing photo for the New Year. Credit: Hugh Carey / hcarey@summitdaily.com

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  • TakeFive

    Koch-Funded Libertarian Think Tank Minion Still a Transit Skeptic Who Ignores High Cost of Government Subsidies for Roads (Page Two)
    Is a Streetsblog ‘minion’ any different than other politically oriented “Think Tank” or agenda based entity?

    I do chuckle over O’Toole’s use of ‘per capita’ or ‘percentage’ stats as if they were important; they’re not, they’re meaningless.

    The Odd Couple – How interesting (and sad) that Dave King and Randal share the same barber. Both put out the identical fiction when speaking about the impressively successful light rail in Phoenix. What’s disgusting is that Dave King is an (asst) Professor with multiple Urban Planning degrees at ASU.