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CCDC wants to insure that you have your chance to provide input on RTD Service Changes

Public meetings have been scheduled between February 19 and March 5 for you to learn more about and weigh in on proposed RTD service changes.

Information, Dates, and Locations are available at https://www.rtd-denver.com/service-changes/may-2020.

You can also provide your input by emailing service.changes@rtd-denver.com or faxing comments to 303-299-2227 no later than March 5, 2020.

Upcoming Meeting Information

  • When: Monday, 2/24/2020 at 6 p.m.
  • Location: Clements Community Center, 1580 Yarrow Street, Lakewood, CO 80124
  • When: Tuesday, 2/25/2020 at 6 p.m.
  • Location: Aurora Public Library/City Center, 14949 E. Alameda Parkway, Aurora, CO 80012
  • When: Tuesday, 2/25/2020 at 6 p.m.
  • Location: Eagle Pointe Recreation Center, 6060 Parkway Drive, Commerce City, CO 80022
  • When: Tuesday, 2/25/2020 at 6 p.m.
  • Location: Highlands Ranch Rec Center at Eastridge, 9568 S. University Boulevard, Highlands Ranch, CO 80126
  • When: Tuesday, 2/25/2020 at 6 p.m.
  • Location: Eisenhower Chapel, 293 Roslyn Street, Denver, CO 80230
  • When: Wednesday, 2/26/2020 at 6 p.m.
  • Location: Ranch House, 7676 S. Continental Road, Ken Caryl, Littleton, CO 80127
  • When: Wednesday, 2/26/2020 at 6 p.m.
  • Location: Lafayette Library, 775 Baseline Road, Lafayette, CO 80026
  • When: Friday, 2/28/2020 at 6 p.m.
  • Location: Arvada City Council Chambers, 8101 Ralston Road, Arvada, CO 80002
  • When: Saturday, 2/29/2020 at 3:30 p.m.
  • Location: Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales Library, 1498 Irving Street, Denver, CO 80204
  • When: Monday, 03/02/2020 at 6 p.m.
  • Location: Columbine Library, 7706 W. Bowles Avenue, Littleton, CO 80123
  • When: Wednesday, 03/04/2020 at 6 p.m.
  • Location: Montbello Public Library, 12955 Albrook Drive, Denver, CO 80239
  • When: Thursday, 03/05/2020 at 6 p.m.
  • Location: Parker Town Hall, 20120 Mainstreet, Parker, CO 80138

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Affected Routes

  • Access-a-Ride
    • Access-a-Ride
  • Local/Limited Bus Routes
    • 0L, 1, 15L, 16, 16L, 27, 32, 46, 55, 65, 66, 67, 99, 99L, 125, 130, 139, 153, 157, 206, 236, 403, 483, FREE MALLRIDE, JUMP
  • Regional Routes
    • Y, 116X
  • Special Services
    • BroncosRide, BuffRide, Rockies Service, RunRide
  • Rail Service
    • C, D, H, R

PROPOSED CHANGES FOR LOCAL/LIMITED BUS ROUTES

Proposed Changes for Access-a-Ride
Routes with service reductions or improvements may impact ADA Access-a-Ride service availability.

route 0L MODIFIED
Due to low ridership, it is proposed to discontinue southbound morning reverse rush-hour trips from Civic Center Station to Race/Davies at 6:09 am, 6:42 am, and 7:08 am and southbound morning reverse rush-hour trips to I-25 & Broadway at 6:24 am and 6:53 am. It is also proposed to discontinue northbound afternoon reverse rush-hour trips from Race/Davies at 4:56 pm and 5:26 pm.

route 1 MODIFIED
Due to low ridership, it is proposed to reroute service to Alameda Station and discontinue service east of Cherokee Street.

route 15L
Schedule adjustments are proposed.

route 16
It is proposed to add service to offset the discontinuation of the 16L to Golden and remove the route segment to Federal Center.

route 16L DISCONTINUED
It is proposed to discontinue service on this route. See service additions on the Route 16 above.

route 27 MODIFIED
It is proposed that Route 27 combine with Route 46 north of Yale Avenue and to discontinue service south of Hampden. The new south end of line would be at the Southmoor Park-n-Ride.

route 32 MODIFIED
It is proposed to discontinue service east of Downtown and west of Wadsworth. Alternate service is available on Route 28.

route 46 MODIFIED
Due to low ridership, it is proposed to combine Route 46 with Route 27 south of Yale Avenue. Students at Thomas Jefferson High School may continue to use Route 65 school trips or Route 40 at Hampden/Holly.

route 55 DISCONTINUED
It is proposed to discontinue service due to low ridership.

route 65 MODIFIED
It is proposed to reduce Sunday service to hourly from every 30 minutes.

route 66
It is proposed to discontinue this route east of Arapahoe at Village Center Station, as it would be replaced by extension of the Route 153.

route 67
It is proposed to reduce service frequency on weekdays to hourly from every 30 minutes.

route 99 MODIFIED
It is proposed to discontinue weekend service on this route.

route 99L DISCONTINUED
It is proposed to discontinue service. Alternate service available via the W Line, 87L, and 116x.

route 125 MODIFIED
It is proposed to discontinue service north of Ward Road Station.

route 130
It is proposed to reduce rush-hour frequency from every 15 to 30 minutes.

route 139 MODIFIED
Due to low ridership, it is proposed to discontinue the weekday eastbound trips at 5:13 and 5:41 am, westbound at 4:40 am, and Saturday eastbound at 5:56 am.

route 153 MODIFIED
It is proposed to reduce rush-hour frequency from every 15 to 30 minutes between Aurora Metro Center and the Peoria Station. It is also proposed to extend the 153 from Arapahoe Crossing to Arapahoe at Village Center Station, replacing Route 66.

route 157 DISCONTINUED
It is proposed to discontinue service on this route due to low ridership.

route 206 MODIFIED
It is proposed to discontinue weekday midday service between Arapahoe & 55th Street & Fairview High School from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm, in both directions. Other than this proposed change, the route will remain as current, between Boulder Junction at Depot Square Station and Arapahoe and 55th St, all day. Trips will also continue to operate between Boulder Junction at Depot Square Station and Fairview High School from 6:30 am to 9:30 am, and 2:30 pm to 6:30 pm.

route 236 DISCONTINUED
Due to low ridership, it is proposed to discontinue service on this route.

route 403 DISCONTINUED
Due to low ridership, it is proposed to discontinue service on this route.

route 483 MODIFIED
It is proposed to reduce rush-hour frequency from every 30 to 60 minutes from the Parker Park-n-Ride to Lincoln Station.

FREE MALLRIDE MODIFIED
It is proposed to reduce weekday rush-hour frequency from every 90 seconds to 3 minutes.

JUMP MODIFIED
It is proposed to reduce midday weekday frequency to hourly, between 63rd/Arapahoe and Lafayette Park-n-Ride.

Proposed Changes for Regional Routes
route Y MODIFIED
It is proposed to discontinue the northbound 6:39 pm trip and the southbound 5:35 am, 6:35 am, and 6:05 pm trips.

route 116X MODIFIED
It is proposed to discontinue trips at 7:10 am and 6:10 pm.

Proposed Changes for Special Services
BroncosRide DISCONTINUED
It is proposed to discontinue this special bus service.

BuffRide DISCONTINUED
It is proposed to discontinue this special bus service.

Rockies Service DISCONTINUED
It is proposed to discontinue this special bus service.

RunRide DISCONTINUED
It is proposed to discontinue this special bus service.

Proposed Changes for Rail Service
C Line MODIFIED
It is proposed to add weekend service frequency to replace service previously offered by the D Line.

D Line MODIFIED
It is proposed to discontinue D Line service on weekends and replace it with C Line service.

H Line MODIFIED
It is proposed to reduce Saturday and Sunday service frequency from every 15 to 30 minutes, based on ridership.

R Line
It is proposed to reduce service frequency between 5 am and 7 pm to every 30 minutes on weekdays and weekends.

Colorado bill would allow disabled company owners to keep working

The Colorado Senate Health and Human Services Committee will consider whether to give disabled business owners another option.

By   – Reporter, Denver Business Journal, 

DENVER — Josh Winkler became paralyzed below the waist at age 17, but that didn’t stop him from getting a mechanical engineering degree in college and working for a NASCAR team until the Great Recession hit. He then launched his own company, Cripple Concepts, which makes a variety of aides for the wheelchair-bound, including joystick knobs for movement that don’t fall off and USB chargers that allow electric-wheelchair users to charge their phones without losing use of their mobility device. Continue reading “Colorado bill would allow disabled company owners to keep working”

Senate committee hearing on RTD oversight bill shines a light on services for disabled riders

Customers with disabilities say RTD needs to do a better job serving those who most need transit

John Barr, crossing an RTD bridge in a power wheelchair
John Barr, who has cerebral palsy, uses the wheelchair-accessible Regional Transportation District system in 2013. Lawmakers are considering an RTD oversight bill at the state Capitol. (Aaron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post)
By JOHN AGUILAR | jaguilar@denverpost.com | The Denver Post
PUBLISHED: February 18, 2020 at 8:31 p.m. | UPDATED: February 18, 2020 at 8:42 p.m.

Legislation that would tighten state oversight of the troubled Regional Transportation District got its first hearing in front of lawmakers Tuesday, and the focus was squarely on how well the metro area’s disabled community is being served by transit. Continue reading “Senate committee hearing on RTD oversight bill shines a light on services for disabled riders”

Groups supporting public option pen a letter to Colorado lawmakers

Joey Bunch, Colorado Politics,  Feb 19, 2020, as published in coloradopolitics.com

From the American Diabetes Association to the Young Invincibles, more than two dozen Colorado groups signed on to a letter urging state lawmakers to support a public option insurance program to increase competition and, ideally, lower premiums and other health care costs.

The letter dated Jan. 22, provided to Colorado Politics Tuesday, speaks of a “true crisis” in every corner of the state and urges the General Assembly to deliver affordability, transparency and access to care through the insurance marketplace.

Continue reading “Groups supporting public option pen a letter to Colorado lawmakers”

Action Needed! Re: SB20 – 151 Contact the Senators on the Committee

Help us pass RTD reform for people with disabilities!

WHY WE NEED THIS BILL:

  • It will give us the ability to file ADA lawsuits against RTD in state court – this is cheaper and quicker!
  • Includes an appointment of a disability advocate to the RTD Board that has specific experience in disability access in transit is vetted by the community and is approved by the Senate.
  • The sponsors added an amendment that requires the RTD Board to vote on any paratransit cuts.
    • Currently, they just vote on a fixed route, and further paratransit cuts are at the discretion of RTD management.
    • The RTD is rapidly shrinking its fixed-route services this year, and we want to do all we can to protect paratransit.
  • The bill will also include an amendment that includes low-income paratransit users in the LiVE program and prohibits discount programs that exclude Access-a-Ride!

It is important for committee members (especially the Chair) to hear how important this bill is, especially the disability rights component! Please shoot them a note (contact info below) to express your support (even if you can’t attend on Tuesday).

Committee members:

  • Sen. Faith Winter, Chair (D)
    faith.winter.senate@state.co.us
    303-866-4863
    Position: Leaning yes
  • Sen. Kerry Donovan (D)
    kerry.donovan.senate@state.co.us
    303-866-4871
    Position: Leaning yes
  • Sen. Mike Foote (D)
    mike.foote.senate@state.co.us
    303-866-5291
    Position: Uncommitted (likely leaning
    yes)
  • Sen. Dennis Hisey (R)
    dennis.hisey.senate@state.co.us
    303-866-4877
    Position: Leaning yes
  • Sen. Ray Scott (R)
    ray.scott.senate@state.co.us
    303-866-3077
    Position: Yes

Action Needed! Attend the hearing on Tuesday, March 3rd from 2 – 5 pm

Help us pass RTD reform for people with disabilities!

Event: SB-151 ADAPT ACT Hearing PART 2
Date: Tuesday, March 3rd
Time: 2 pm (will likely go until 5 pm)
Location: Capitol Building, Room 271, 200 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80203 (wheelchair-accessible)

Anyone who did NOT testify on Feb. 18th will be allowed in the 2nd part of this hearing.

Additional accessibility requests: JoyAnn Ruscha, joyann@ruschapublicaffairs.com , 970-397-4911
***We will have Access-a-Ride vouchers and fixed-route tickets for all who need them as a reimbursement***

Why we need THIS bill:

  • It will give us the ability to file ADA lawsuits against RTD in state court – this is cheaper and quicker!
  • Includes an appointment of a disability advocate to the RTD Board that has specific experience in disability access in transit is vetted by the community and is approved by the Senate.
  • The sponsors added an amendment that requires the RTD Board to vote on any paratransit cuts.
    • Currently, they just vote on a fixed route, and further paratransit cuts are at the discretion of RTD management.
    • The RTD is rapidly shrinking its fixed-route services this year, and we want to do all we can to protect paratransit.
  • The bill will also include an amendment that includes low-income paratransit users in the LiVE program and prohibits discount programs that exclude Access-a-Ride!

It is important for committee members (especially the Chair) to hear how important this bill is, especially the disability rights component! Please shoot them a note (contact info below) to express your support (even if you can’t attend on Tuesday).

Committee members:

Block Grants and Medicaid Funding

Written by Kenny Maestas

MEDICAID MYTHS

  • Myth: Seniors, PWD, pregnant women, and children forced on Medicaid waiting lists under expansion.
    • Truth: No waiting lists to enroll in Medicaid. States must enroll all eligible beneficiaries (i.e., children, seniors, PWD)
  • Myth: Medicaid expansion led to longer waitlists for people requesting home and community-based services (HCBS)
    • Truth: Medicaid expansion has improved access to HCBS (9 of 11 states with no waiting lists are expansion states).
  • Myth: Medicaid Expansion has been an economic drain.
    • Truth: PWD, caretakers, and home care workers have all benefited directly from Medicaid expansion. Colorado added many jobs, and Medicaid helps the economy, especially in rural areas.
  • Myth: GOP Healthcare bill won’t harm seniors and PWD currently receiving HCBS.
    • Truth: Its per capita cap would make it hard for states to meet the need for HCBS, and cuts will increase yearly.
  • Myth: States will be able to manage better Medicaid funds keeping coverage for current recipients.
    • Truth: States must cover nursing home care under Medicaid. So, cuts to Medicaid will be to PWD living in the community. HCBS waiting lists will grow. Some states might end programs.
  • Myth: Medicaid expansion members are just lazy, able-bodied people.
    • Truth: There’s a minimal number of able-bodied adults not working, but they’re a distinct minority. Expansion members include many PWD, and others are low-wage workers whose employers do not provide insurance.
  • Myth: Giving expansion higher match somehow hurts those on traditional Medicaid
    • Truth: The higher expansion gave states infrastructure to improve the program. People with disabilities, elders, and children benefited from these improvements. The match for traditional populations remained uncut.
  • Myth: Medicaid patients cannot get doctors.
    • Truth: Federal statistics gathered over recent years show that the % of physicians accepting new Medicaid patients has remained around 70 percent. No support for the idea that the participation rate has declined under the ACA.

Continue reading “Block Grants and Medicaid Funding”

New Landscape Assessment Examines Community Organizing in Colorado

The Colorado Trust is pleased to share a landscape assessment of community organizing in Colorado. The assessment was conducted to better understand the priority issues of community organizing groups or organizations, their approaches to community organizing, and the unique challenges they face.

This report provides information on where organizing is taking place across the state, who is being organized and around what issues. Characteristics of groups and organizations engaged in community organizing are shared, as well as information on tactics and strategies used, and leadership and governance structures. It also highlights the perspectives and expressed needs of community organizers across Colorado, as well as their successes and challenges in doing this work.

The assessment was conducted by AMGB Consulting from September to November of 2019. Three hundred and thirty community organizing groups or organizations were identified, 181 completed a survey and 40 staff members or organizers participated in an interview or focus group. While the assessment was successful in identifying organizing efforts in urban and rural areas across Colorado, it should be noted that it does not include data from all community organizing groups that are active in the state.

Please contact Abby Bohannan or Mayra Gonzales of AMBG Consulting with any questions about the landscape assessment. For information on advocacy grantmaking at The Colorado Trust, including our new Building and Bridging Power strategy—which will support the work of organizing people and building policy infrastructure (letters of intent are being accepted through Feb. 7, 2020)—please contact Noelle Dorward, advocacy and policy partner at The Colorado Trust.

State Bill To Add RTD Board Members To Increase Oversight

DENVER (CBS4) – A transit system plagued with issues has caught the attention of state lawmakers. An ongoing driver shortage and hundreds of delayed and canceled routes within RTD prompted the introduction of a bill that would change how the agency operates.

Continue reading this article and watch the video at https://denver.cbslocal.com/2020/01/29/rtd-board-members-disabilities/ By Karen Morfitt,

 

Hey, A**hole! Yeah, you. The jerk who owns the motorcycle with Colorado license plate OSK-069

You know who you are! Yesterday, January 26, 2020, at approximately 2:00 PM at the parking lot at 14th St. and Market Street at least until approximately 5:30 PM.

It may very well be that such language in the title of this blog is unbecoming of the Legal Program Director of a statewide well-established and highly regarded disability rights organization, but, frankly, OSK 069, I don’t give a damn. In this day and age, this seems to be the way people communicate.

So what part of the driver’s exam did you not understand? Yellow crosshatched areas mean, “NO PARKING!”

Picture of motorcycle parked in yellow crosshatched access aisle Picture of motorcycle parked in yellow crosshatched access aisle adjacent to accessible parking space

“It shall be unlawful for any vehicle to park in any area designated for loading and unloading of a vehicle designed for the mobility impaired by pavement markings such as cross-hatching or by other indication. These areas are access aisles and parking by any vehicle is prohibited at all times.”

Denv. Mun. Ord. § 54-485(i).

For those of us who use wheelchairs and who drive vans with sideloading wheelchair lifts or wheelchair ramps, this has become an increasingly common problem: crosshatched access aisles are there for a reason. You know it. Stop acting stupid. This is not motorcycle parking. This is not an accessible parking space. This is an access aisle adjacent to and accessible parking space that is required by law under the Americans with Disabilities Act as well as state law and Denver ordinances. It is there for a purpose. It allows those of us who use wheelchairs who must strive vehicles with wheelchair lifts or wheelchair ramps to have enough space to get in and out of our vehicles.

You knew when you parked your motorcycle in that crosshatched aisle that it was not a parking space. You knew when you parked your motorcycle and that crosshatched aisle that it was illegal. You knew when you parked your motorcycle in that crosshatched aisle you were going to deny somebody who uses a wheelchair access to parking in downtown Denver. You just didn’t care! What kind of person are you? Why is your life more important than mine? Why do you get to enjoy the company of your friends downtown and I don’t? You blocked access to the only place I had anywhere close to where I wanted to go to be able to park. Do you hate people who use wheelchairs? Or are you just an a**hole? You are lucky that people wheelchairs are strong enough to knock your stupid motorcycle over.

Although I was just trying to spend a little time with some friends downtown probably just like you, you made it extremely difficult to do so. Parking for those of us who drive vehicles with sideloading wheelchair lifts or wheelchair ramps is extremely limited. Especially downtown. With the advent of bike lanes that make it virtually impossible to park on the right side of the road (which is absolutely necessary for these kinds of vans) on many of Denver’s streets (an issue that we will be taking on as well because we have no choice), street parking has become almost nonexistent. For many of us, parking garages are very difficult to use because you have to be able to reach out of your vehicle and grab a ticket out of a machine that most of us cannot reach. Therefore, parking garages are off-limits. Surface level parking lots are disappearing as more and more buildings are being constructed. That means all that is left are the handful of surface-level parking lots that still exist. But because you are more important than me, I guess you are entitled to completely disregard the civil rights of people with disabilities.

Oh sure. The Denver ordinances give me options for addressing the issue. For example, I could have spent the couple of hours I had to spend with my friends I had not seen in a long time calling the Denver police. Then I could’ve waited for the Denver police to show up. Then we would’ve had to talk over what the problem was. Then, as usually happens, I would have to show them that they do, in fact, have the right to enforce parking violations on private property. Then, they might issue a ticket or tow you out of the space, but how much of the few hours that I had to spend my friends with this have consumed? Is this the way you wanted to spend your day in downtown Denver? Why should I have to?

But why should you care? You don’t have a disability. You don’t have to drive all over downtown circling the place it is you want to go to over and over again to try to find someplace to let your wheelchair lift or wheelchair ramp down.

No. You just hop on your motorcycle and ride baby ride! And apparently you park wherever you damned well feel like it.

Truth be told, you might have a much better understanding of this issue in the not-to-distant future. In a 2014 study published by the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, motorcycle accidents were the fifth leading cause of spinal court injury. So, who knows? You might have a much clearer understanding of the issue sometime in the near future. Maybe then you’ll care. Until then, kindly please stop screwing up my weekends. I really appreciate it.

And finally, was that a parking ticket I noticed on your motorcycle when I left? I wonder how that happened.

Kindly please, think before you park, A**hole!

 

 


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