No other bus in Denver has a reputation like the East Colfax bus. We talked to four passengers who ride the 15 and 15L despite social problems like homelessness and crime sometimes present on the bus. But Streetsblog's editor was rattled by an experience on the bus — and says we must finally end poverty and homelessness.
With more than 188 open positions for bus and train operators at RTD & Bustang, we sat down with Bustang driver Krista Dolton to learn what the job is like. “It’s a career. It’s not a job,” she said. “You're transporting precious cargo. You're transporting somebody’s mom, somebody’s dad, somebody’s brother. And that cannot be replaced like a bag of groceries."
Transportation officials launched a statewide listening tour that will give Coloradans the chance to sound off on where limited state transportation dollars should be spent. But even in the heavily car-dependent Centennial State, officials at the state’s highway agency say they want to talk about walking, biking and transit.
As fewer people ride transit — in Denver and across the country — local governments and transit agencies blame a number of factors without discussing speed of service. But slow buses, combined with other elements of poor service, are a critical factor in declining transit ridership across the country.