Thursday’s Headlines

If people aren't walking, or biking or taking transit, that's not a sign that people don't want to. It's sign that they don't have a real choice." —Janette Sadik-Khan

Streetfight: Janette Sadik-Khan, who will be the keynote speaker at Bicycle Colorado’s Moving People Forward conference today, transformed New York’s streets with new public spaces and dramatic improvements to pedestrian, bike and transit infrastructure when she was the New York City transportation commissioner. Check out the Streetsblog interview below.

  • Bicyclist killed in crash with freight train in Longmont. (CBS4)
  • Man struck and killed by A-Line train may have been suicidal. (9 News)
  • Denver snow day: 132 crashes yesterday, 24 already today. (Denver Post)
  • Sadik-Khan: Denver Can Learn From NYC’s ‘Streetfight.’ (Streetsblog)
  • Still no opening date for RTD’s G-Line to Arvada and Wheat Ridge but the federal government offered two new approvals. (Denverite)
  • Casual Carpool will allow drivers to share rides with people traveling on U.S. 36 through the Waze Carpool app. (Daily Camera)
  • State Senate confirmed Shoshana Lew as the new executive director of CDOT. (The Mountain Mail)
  • RTD wants public comments on changes to Highway 119 between Boulder and Longmont. (CBS 4)
  • Even with snow, February is a great time for Winter Bike to Work Day. (Golden Transcript)
  • In Lakewood, free burritos for Winter Bike to Work Day. (Patch)
  • Colorado car dealers sue state agencies over adoption of California emissions standards. (Colorado Watchdog)
  • Chariot shut down. (Smart & Resilient Cities)
  • Father of 1992 Taxpayer Bill of Rights, Douglas Bruce, still defends bill that chokes state spending. (Westword)
  • Colorado cities working to avoid Denver’s gentrification pitfalls. (Colorado Sun)
  • National headlines at Streetsblog USA.

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  • Riley Warton

    Probably just a typo, but I think you meant the G line to Arvada, not the D line.

    That being said, I am still exited for the G line even though I don’t live even close to Arvada.

    • Streetsblog Denver

      Thanks for the correction. It’s fixed.

    • TakeFive

      Me too. The SE extension is due to open in May for Lone Tree. So once that and the G line are open it’s down to finishing the N Line.

      • Paul Antony

        Don’t forget the L Line extension.

        • Riley Warton

          Or the B line extension, N line extension after that’s complete, and the southwest extension. That last one would affect me the most if it opened this month, because I go to school in Highlands Ranch.

          • TakeFive

            I think Highlands Ranch/Douglas County needs to come up with some of the cost; thinking it’s modest, maybe 15%. That’s one reason that the SE extension was built; Lone Tree was aggressive in helping including funding their own station upgrades.

            Westminster has lobbied for a stop at their new “downtown” but haven’t heard what that would require. It would make a lot of sense.

          • Bob Smith

            Highlands Ranch already has come up with some of the cost called the RTD sales tax.

            Lone Tree was aggressive in helping.
            Lone tree and area businesses contributed 12% of the cost.
            Ever wonder why 2.3 miles cost 233 million bucks?

            Light rail is an obsolete expensive mode of transportation.

          • TakeFive

            Correct on details. $233 million for 2.3 miles which includes 3 new stations is not expensive. That comes to $101 million per mile which is higher than average for FasTracks projects but considerably less than most projects.

            Among light rail projects, the average U.S. line will cost $339 million per mile to build,

            https://www.thetransportpolitic.com/2019/01/08/openings-and-construction-starts-planned-for-2019/

    • Camera_Shy

      I can’t wait for the G line. But I guess since I’ve waited more than 2 years, I can wait a bit longer. Any bets on it being open by Jan 1, 2020?

      • Camera_Shy

        So GLAD I lost this bet yesterday!!!!!!