Comment of the Day

Reader: In a True World-Class City, People Use World-Class Mass Transit

RTD is shopping three fare proposals to find out just how much riders in metro Denver would be willing to pay to ride on an RTD bus or train; the proposals came out of RTD's yearlong pass-program study that concluded in March and proposed a 40 percent discount on passes for low-income residents earning up to 185 percent of the federal poverty line.

The transit agency is hosting a series of open houses right now where riders can elaborate on their answers. But some readers didn't wait to share their thoughts.

Says Bill:
The problem with the people running RTD in Denver is that they have forgotten that the service is supposed to be a public service, and not a lining-their-pockets service.
Adds Patrick: 
I think they should complete the routes they promised before talking about raising fares. What about the businesses in Olde Town Arvada that built, remodeled or expanded based upon the fall 2016 opening of the G line?
Suggests Pam:
They need to improve things before they raise fares. I was in Minneapolis; each bus stop downtown had a screen that listed all the upcoming buses and what time they should be there. It was slightly cheaper than here, too.
Adds Chris: 
Other cities are MUCH cheaper. Austin, Portland, Seattle, etc. They consider it a service to their residents. Why do people who are not at the poverty level (middle class) always have to pay more to make up the difference? Find cost savings elsewhere. We won’t be considered a first-class city if we don’t get more people to use mass transit.
But then there's this from Chris:
I will never trust RTD again. Still waiting for the train up to Boulder and beyond. Busses suck. You lie and cheat. You are not serving the people. I hate RTD. Rot in hell.
Keep reading for more of our coverage of RTD.

KEEP WESTWORD FREE... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.

Latest Stories