Affordable RTD Fares by Jaime Lewis

Submitted by admin on May 18, 2015 - 2:00pm

May 7, 2015

 

Affordable RTD Fares

 

The following are some excerpts of a letter I sent to the Regional Transportation District Board Members

 

CCDC wants to inform you of some dates approaching, if you are interested in any of the points I have made

 

Final recommendations will be presented at the May 19th RTD Board Operations and Customer Service Committee at 5:30 at 1600 Blake Street(opportunity for listening) and that the final vote will take place on May 26th at the RTD Board Meeting at 5:30 at 1600 Blake St (opportunity for testimony).

 

If you cannot attend any of these meetings please call your RTD District Director and share your concerns. http://www.rtd-denver.com/BoardDirectors.shtml

(see directory at bottom)


(letter to board members)

 

My name is Jaime Lewis and I am the Colorado Cross Disability Coalition’s Liaison.  I was asked by the Executive Director of CCDC to monitor and to participate in the Fare Rate Study for RTD.  My journey started a year ago when I started attending meetings with the Mile High Connect Fare Rate Study Group.  I am also very familiar with the needs and concerns of the disability community because of my work at CCDC and the fact that I am a person with a disability.

Public transit is the only form of transportation that I use.

 

On April 28th I attended the RTD Board meeting where staff was to present their findings concerning fare structure.  To say the least, it was a very disappointing meeting to those concerned about affordability and equitability.  Though the staff cited that they have had good discussions with Mile High Connects there was no evidence in their presentation to the RTD Board.

 

The following are my concerns:


1.     Staff did not address fare increase to Access-A-Ride users.   

It was pointed out by Director Folska that RTD has the option to charge twice the base amount to set Access-A-Ride rates.  A round trip on Access-A-Ride is currently $9.00.  This rate would increase to $10.40.  This is a 13% increase.  The staff has been made aware that this is the most vulnerable transit population because they have no other options.  There was nothing in the staff recommendation addressing this issue.

2.     Staff did not address any Mile High Connects recommendations concerning transit dependent users that earn less than 35K annually.  

Affordability was and is the focus of Mile High Connects efforts.  Consisting of over 100 non-profits, the group unanimously voted that this was the major issue for its members.  MHC made an assertive effort to present ideas and strategies to the staff.  However, staff did not incorporate any of these ideas and strategies in fare structure.  There was some discussion of work with MHC in the future.  However, staff’s refusal  to take advantage of MHC’s  hard work and efforts has not given us hope that any action to address a transit dependent user will happen in the near future.  As you are aware, it is difficult and expensive to change the fare rate structure after it has been implemented.

3.    Rates for rail to DIA do not match realities.

Though we have pointed out some revenue gaps in the structure, the staff persists in recommending a low rate to DIA.  The rate currently ranges up to 13 dollars a trip using a bus.  Staff recommends 9 dollars, which is a loss of significant revenue.  Alternative options for transportation to the airport are taxis  (30-50 dollar fare), or personal vehicles.  Parking at the airport is 10-20 dollars a day.  Asking people to pay 12-15 dollars for a train ride is not unreasonable.

 

RTD DIRECTOR CONTACTS:


·            Board of Directors

RTD BOARD OFFICE


RTD is governed by a 15-member, publicly elected Board of Directors. Directors are elected to a four-year term and represent a specific district. Elections are staggered so that eight seats are open in one general election, seven in the next.

You can use the addresses and telephone numbers listed below to contact your Director. You can also call the Board Office at303‑299‑2303 for information. However, you will note some Directors have their own private e-mail addresses.

If you're unsure which Director represents you, the Board of Directors District Map offers a guide, or you may use the Director Lookup.

 

DISTRICT A


Photo of Bill James

Bill James

·         1600 Blake Street

Denver, CO  80202

·         Term: 2016

·         District A map interactive

·         District A map PDF

 

Contact Director James:

·        

303-316-6768

·         Submit feedback to Bill James about smart card

·         Email Bill James about general questions or issues

 

Committees

o   

Planning and Development Committee (Chair)

o    Denver Union Station Project Authority Appointee (alt)

 

DISTRICT B


Photo of Barbara Deadwyler

Barbara Deadwyler

·        

1600 Blake Street 
Denver, CO 80202

·         Term: 2018

·         District B map interactive

·         District B map PDF

 

Contact Director Deadwyler:

·         720-273-9520

·         Submit feedback to Barbara Deadwyler about smart card

·         Email Barbara Deadwyler about general questions or issues

 

Committees

o   

Operations & Customer Services Committee (Vice Chair)


DISTRICT C


Photo of Bonnie "Ernest" Archuleta

Bonnie "Ernest" Archuleta

·        

1600 Blake Street
Denver, CO 80202

·         Term: 2018

·         District C map interactive

·         District C map PDF

 

Contact Director Archuleta:

·         303-667-4397

·         Submit feedback to Ernest Archuleta about smart card

·         Email Ernest Archuleta about general questions or issues

 

Committees

o   

FasTracks Committee (Vice Chair)

o    Regional Transportation Committee (alt)


DISTRICT D


Photo of Jeff Walker

Jeff Walker

·        

Secretary

·        

1600 Blake Street 
Denver, CO 80202

·         Term: 2016

·         District D map interactive

·         District D map PDF

 

Contact Director Walker

·         720-626-0342

·         Submit feedback to Jeff Walker about smart card

·         Email Jeff Walker about general questions or issues

 

Committees

o   

Executive Committee (Secretary)

o    Civil Rights Committee (Chair)

o    GM Oversight & Performance Management Committee

o    CDOT Liason


DISTRICT E


Photo of Claudia Folska

Claudia Folska

·        

1600 Blake St
Denver, CO 80202

·         Term: 2016

·         District E map interactive

·         District E map PDF

 

Contact Director Folska:

·         303-753-1099

·         Submit feedback to Claudia Folska about smart card

·         Email Claudia Folska about general questions or issues

 

Committees

o   

Government Relations Committee (Chair)

o    Planning & Development Committee (Vice Chair)

o    Regional Transportation Committee

o    CDOT Liason (alt)

o    E-470 Public Highway Authority Board (alt)


DISTRICT F


Photo of Tom Tobiassen

Tom Tobiassen

·        

First Vice Chair

·        

1600 Blake Street 
Denver, CO 80202

·         Term: 2016

·         District F map interactive

·         District F map PDF

 

Contact Director Tobiassen:

·         303-699-9260

303-915-2351 (Cell)

1-866-362-4985 (Fax)

·         Submit feedback to Tom Tobiassen about smart card

·         Email Tom Tobiassen about general questions or issues

 

Committees

o   

Executive Committee (First Vice Chair)

o    Financial Administration & Audit Committee (Chair)

o    Regional Transportation Committee

o    RTD Salaried Employees Pension Trustees

o    E-470 Public Highway Authority

 

DISTRICT G


Photo of Gary Lasater

Gary Lasater

·        

1600 Blake Street
Denver, CO  80202

·         Term: 2016

·         District G map interactive

·         District G map PDF

 

Contact Director Lasater:

·         720-862-5896

·         Submit feedback to Gary Lasater about smart card

·         Email Gary Lasater about general questions or issues

 

 

DISTRICT H


Photo of Kent Bagley

Kent Bagley

·        

1600 Blake Street
Denver, CO  80202

·         Term: 2016

·         District H map interactive

·         District H map PDF

 

Contact Director Bagley:

·         303-333-0636

·         Submit feedback to Kent Bagley about smart card

·         Email Kent Bagley about general questions or issues

 

Committees

o   

GM Oversight & Performance Management Committee (Chair)

o    Denver Union Station Project Authority Appointee

o    C-470 Corridor Coalition

 

DISTRICT I


Photo of Judy Lubow

Judy Lubow

·        

1600 Blake St
Denver, CO 80202

·         Term: 2016

·         District I map interactive

·         District I map PDF

 

Contact Director Lubow:

·         303-931-5904

·         Submit feedback to Judy Lubow about smart card

·         Email Judy Lubow about general questions or issues

 

Committees

o   

Northwest Parkway Public Highway Authority Board

o    RTD Salaried Employees Pension Trustees

 

DISTRICT J


Photo of Larry Hoy

Larry Hoy

·        

Treasurer

·        

1600 Blake Street
Denver, CO 80202

·         Term: 2018

·         District J map interactive

·         District J map PDF

 

Contact Director Hoy:

·         720-295-4696

·         Submit feedback to Larry Hoy about smart card

·         Email Larry Hoy about general questions or issues

 

Committees

o   

Executive Committee (Treasurer)

o    FasTracks Committee (Chair)

o    GM Oversight & Performance Committee

o    Northwest Parkway Public Highway Authority Board (alt)

o    Adams County Economic Development (ACED)

 

DISTRICT K


Photo of Paul Daniel Solano

Paul Daniel Solano

·        

1600 Blake Street
Denver, CO 80202

·         Term: 2018

·         District K map interactive

·         District K map PDF

 

Contact Director Solano:

·         303-288-9216

·         Submit feedback to Paul Solano about smart card

·         Email Paul Solano about general questions or issues

 

Committees

o   

Civil Rights Committee (Vice Chair)

o    Adams County Economic Development (ACED)

 

DISTRICT L


Photo of Lorraine Anderson

Lorraine Anderson

·        

1600 Blake Street 
Denver, CO 80202

·         Term: 2018

·         District L map interactive

·         District L map PDF

 

Contact Director Anderson:

·         303-589-9781

·         Submit feedback to Lorraine Anderson about smart card

·         Email Lorraine Anderson about general questions or issues

 

Committees

o   

Operations & Customer Services Committee (Chair)

o    GM Oversight & Performance Management Committee

o    Jefferson County Parkway Public Highway Authority Board (JPPHA)

o    Regional Transportation Committtee (alt)

o    Metro Mayors Caucus (alt)

o    Jefferson County Transportation Advisory Group (alt)

 

DISTRICT M


Photo of Natalie Menten

Natalie Menten

·        

Second Vice Chair

·        

1600 Blake Street
Denver, CO  80202

·         Term: 2016

·         District M map interactive

·         District M map PDF

 

Contact Director Menten:

·         303-647-8900

·         Submit feedback to Natalie Menten about smart card

·         Email Natalie Menten about general questions or issues

 

Committees

o   

Executive Committee (Second Vice Chair)

o    Financial Administration & Audit Committee (Vice Chair)

o    GM Oversight & Performance Management Committee

o    Jefferson County Transportation Advisory Group

 

DISTRICT N


Photo of Tina Francone

Tina Francone

·        

1600 Blake Street
Denver, CO 80202

·         Term: 2018

·         District N map interactive

·         District N map PDF

 

Contact Director Francone:

·         303-800-6575

·         Submit feedback to Tina Francone about smart card

·         Email Tina Francone about general questions or issues

 

Committees

o   

Government Relations Committee (Vice Chair)

o    GM Oversight & Performance Management Committee

o    Regional Transportation Committee

o    Jefferson County Parkway Public Highway Authority Board (alt)

o    C-470 Cooridor Coalition (alt)

 

DISTRICT O


Photo of Charles L. Sisk

Charles L. Sisk

·        

Chair

·         1600 Blake Street

Denver, Colorado 80202

·         Term: 2018

·         District O map interactive

·         District O map PDF

 

Contact Director Sisk:

·         303-956-8336 (Cell)

·         Submit feedback to Chuck Sisk about smart card

·         Email Chuck Sisk about general questions or issues

 

Committees

o   

Executive Committee (Chair)

o    Metro Mayors Caucus

 

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Jaime Lewis

CCDC Liaison

720-220-5735

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