By 2040 each additional household will pay $3,600 more per year for transportation, energy, and water than if the city embraces dense development and transit, according to a new report assembled for the Blueprint Denver task force.
If the bus and train are lifelines for getting to work or the grocery store, prohibitively expensive fares can have disastrous effects. A one-way trip on an RTD bus or train runs $2.60 for a local trip and and $4.50 for a regional one. No peer city is higher except for Salt Lake.
The Denver Post wants the city to slow down on this whole 21st Century transportation thing. In its latest editorial ("No, Denver Shouldn't Make Driving More Difficult"), the paper warns against setting aside street space so people can get around quickly and safely on the bus or a bike.