Thursday’s Headlines

16th St. Mall & Free Mall Ride
When RTD charges the electric buses used for 16th St. FreeMall Ride, Xcel Energy adds a fee that amounts to 82%. Photo: Andy Bosselman

From Streetsblog

  • Guest post: As Xcel gouges RTD to charge electric buses, Miles Muller of the National Resources Defense Council offers examples of creative rate changes California utilities set to encourage electric vehicle adoption. (Streetsblog Denver)

Other news

  • Last night’s Ride and Walk of Silence vigil honored 88 people who were killed on Denver’s streets since 2018. (9 News) (CBS4)
  • The Colorado State Patrol shames speeders on Twitter. (9 News)
  • “If CDOT is going to build a road somewhere, [the Colorado Dept. of Public health and Environment asks], ‘Have we thought about the health considerations?” Study looks at the gap between Colorado’s healthiest and least healthy communities. (Westword)
  • State lawmakers delayed asking voters for much-needed transportation funding to allow CDOT to engage the public first, which officials hope will avoid another rejection of new funding at the ballot box, writes CDOT executive director Shoshana Lew. (Denver Post)
  • CU Boulder wants to take over the Stampede bus route from RTD to include it in their free Buff Bus service. Public meetings start May 29. (Daily Camera)
  • Wheat Ridge police are looking for a cyclist who spit, shouted and dented a car whose driver blocked a bike lane. (Denver7)
  • Preservationists don’t want Larimer Square to change. That translates to blocking dense development on surrounding blocks, they say. (9 News)
  • Proposal would allow public drinking on some Denver streets. (Denverite)
  • Conservatives described Gov. Jared Polis as “the most radical and extreme governor candidate in Colorado’s history.” But four months into his term, activists wonder what happened to the “bold, progressive” they elected. (Westword)
  • Denver Air Quality Index: 6 a.m.: 45 Good. Yesterday’s max: 61 Moderate.
  • National headlines at Streetsblog USA.

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