RTD Citizens Advisory Committee Calls for Applications

Group advises agency on FasTracks Plan and RTD strategies and initiatives

DENVER (April 26, 2017) – Residents of the eight-county Regional Transportation District (RTD) who are interested in public transit issues and community engagement are encouraged to apply for one of three vacancies on the RTD Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC).

The 17-member citizens group has advised the agency on its voter-approved FasTracks program for the past 10 years. Last year, the committee’s role was expanded to also advise RTD on its strategies and initiatives.

CAC members represent a wide variety of backgrounds, interests and professional experiences. The group’s public outreach meetings keep metro-area citizens informed of FasTracks progress and RTD programs and encourage input from local communities.

Individuals interested in applying for a position on the CAC should submit letters of interest to rsherman@crlassociates.com. Letters should address the following:

  • Explain why you want to serve on the committee and what unique experience and skill-set you will bring.
  • Describe affiliations and volunteer activities you believe will add value to the committee.
  • Statement of personal objectives/goals if accepted for CAC membership.

Please limit response to two (2) typed pages and feel free to attach a resume. Letters must be received by the close of business on May 12, 2017.

Appointments to the panel shall be made to ensure a broad representation of stakeholder interests, to achieve diversity and to provide geographical representation within the district.

Selection criteria will include, but not be limited to, residency within the RTD district; a demonstrated interest in public transit and the FasTracks program; previous community service; experience working with local jurisdictions on regional issues; and professional expertise.

The CAC’s role is to:

  • Continue to monitor and provide input on the improvements for each corridor in the FasTracks Plan.
  • Become familiar with the District’s strategic plan and long-term vision.
  • Provide region-oriented advice to RTD regarding the implementation of the strategic plan, its strategies and initiatives.
  • Represent the citizen perspective on behalf of a wide range of stakeholder interests and  community organizations.
  • Gather information from community members to share with the agency.
  • Share information with community members to promote public awareness of the agency’s  programs and projects.
  • Other tasks as assigned by the RTD Board of Directors.

For more information, contact Roger Sherman at 303-592-5465.

About the RTD Citizens Advisory Committee
The RTD Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) monitors and provides region-oriented advice on the FasTracks Plan and RTD’s strategic plan. It represents citizen and community perspectives on transit issues, and promotes public awareness of RTD’s programs, services and projects. The 17-member volunteer committee represents a cross-section of the region’s population and holds monthly work sessions.

HB17-1242 is Critical to the Future of Transportation Funding in Colorado

I-70 west of Denver

A catalyst for economic growth and lifeline for communities in the northwest metro region, transportation serves a critical role in connecting people to places and fostering a vibrant economy. House Bill 17-1242 (HB17-1242) is the first bill in decades to receive bipartisan support to provide sustainable funding for multi-modal transportation infrastructure, services and programs for 20 years. If approved by the General Assembly, HB17-1242 would ask voters this November to increase sales tax by .05 percent to generate millions of dollars to address the statewide and local transportation needs locally for our communities and counties and throughout Colorado.

We’ve taken a stance of support for HB17-1242 because it is our best option to fund elements of our states transportation system. This includes highways, roads, public transit, bicycle infrastructure and pedestrian improvements. Currently, 84 percent of Colorado’s major urban roads are in poor or mediocre condition and cost Coloradans thousands of dollars in additional car maintenance and repairs. This physical cost doesn’t include the additional 49 hours metro Denver drivers spend in traffic congestion. Without sufficient funding, our system will become less safe and a lack of travel options make it difficult for people to get to work, harms the quality of life for employers and makes it harder for companies to attract top talent. Colorado needs to invest in transportation to compete against other neighboring states who have already chosen to do so.

HB17-1242 is a critical step in not only keeping Colorado roads safe, but also ensuring that communities throughout the northwest metro region continue to have vibrant economies and is a leader in commute options for generations to come. Currently, HB17-1242 passed the House of Representatives and the Senate Transportation committee. Our advocacy efforts aren’t over yet! Join us in advocating for the future of multi-modal transportation by calling your senator and expressing your support for HB17-1242.

For additional information about the funding structure for HB17-1242, click here.

State Legislative Forum

The Northwest Chamber Alliance and Commuting Solutions will engage Governor John Hickenlooper, CDOT Executive Director, Shailen Bhatt and our State Legislative delegation on the issues of regional transportation planning and funding solutions for the Northwest Denver metro area that includes Boulder, Broomfield, Longmont and other areas of Boulder County.

2017 State Legislative Forum

State Transportation Funding Bill Introduced

I-70 west of Denver

The highly-anticipated bill to fund much-needed transportation improvements in Colorado was introduced by the House on February 9th. If approved by the General Assembly, HB 17-1242 will ask voters this November to increase sales taxes by .62% for 20 years, moving the state sales tax from 2.9% to just over 3.5%, and generating an estimated $702 million annually. This increase would be offset by the elimination of the state share of the Road Safety Surcharge within FASTER, which would save consumers roughly $75 million annually. The bill would result in a net increase of $677 million per year of revenue available for state and local multi-modal transportation needs.

The funding would be allocated as follows:

  • CDOT would receive $300 million per year to be spent on statewide strategic projects, including multi-modal capital projects. This would be a fixed amount that is approximately 45% of first-year net revenue increase. CDOT can direct up to $50 million per year toward a $3.5 billion bonding package, with a maximum repayment of $5 billion over 20 years, to address the state’s Tier 1 identified needs. Unexpended and unencumbered dollars can be put toward maintenance and agency priorities.

The remaining new revenue would be divided:

  • 70% to city and county governments to be disbursed pursuant to the existing Highway Users Tax Fund (HUTF) distribution formula. This would be a variable amount subject to increase but expected to amount to $228.9 million in 2018 or 40% of the first year’s new revenue. City and county governments would be provided maximum flexibility to spend their resources on local priorities (i.e., multimodal capital or operational expenses) and could also use dollars as matching dollars to unlock funding from the multi-modal transportation options fund.
  • 30% to a new multi-modal transportation options fund. This, too, would be a variable amount subject to increase but expected to amount to $98.1 million in 2018 which is approximately 15% of first-year new revenue. Of this, $74 million would be available for transit and $24.5 million for non-motorized use including paths, bike/pedestrian facilities, sidewalks, and roadways for non-motorized vehicles. The fund would be directed by a new politically appointed commission that would be housed in CDOT and made up of local government officials, transit experts, metro planning organizations, and advocates.

Commuting Solutions has taken a position of support for the bill and will actively engage as it proceeds through the legislature. 

Prioritizing 2017 as the Year for Transportation

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Governor Hickenlooper delivers keynote address at 8th Legislative Breakfast

As Governor Hickenlooper stated at the 8th Legislative Breakfast, transportation is an economic driver. It determines the movement of our state’s goods and the movement of people to tourist destinations and employment centers.

Funding for this vital aspect of our state’s economy is at an all-time low and is a key focus for elected officials entering the 2017 legislative session. And it is not just elected officials who are focused on transportation funding, the private sector is raising their collective voice in support of developing new mechanisms for transportation funding. Accessibility (meaning an effective multi-modal system and roads that are well maintained) ensures that new businesses invest in Colorado and that our workforce remains strong.

Colorado is a growing state, but maintains a healthy competition against our neighbor to the west—Utah. Compared to Colorado, Utah has half of the population, more than 700 miles of lanes and similar outdoor offerings. Without an effective transportation system that is well maintained, Colorado could face losing revenue as young entrepreneurs look to Utah (currently Colorado has a $9 billion transportation funding deficit). Both elected officials and private-sector leaders understand that to keep Colorado competitive transportation needs to come first—the question is, where does the money come from?

Building a sustainable, reliable multi-modal system is a priority for our state’s elected officials and so is developing a stable funding mechanism. At the 8th Legislative Breakfast, Senator John Cooke presented two possibilities for increasing transportation funding: an increased gas tax or a sales tax. To ensure that sales tax is applied to transportation, safeguards would need to be in place and the public would need to be involved in the conversation. As Representative Diane Mitsch Bush noted, the public needs to understand issues as well as the legislators working on them. For transportation funding to go into effect, the public needs to understand the significance of transportation and the investment that their tax dollars make.

Learn more about the policies Commuting Solutions and the US 36 Mayors & Commissioners Coalition support, and stay in touch with Commuting Solutions as we prioritize 2017 as the year for transportation!

Commuting Solutions is a shining example of multi-modal success, showing clearly how we can reduce congestion , improve economic opportunity for all, protect and improve our environment, and help make our communities more resilient.  – Representative Diane Mitsch Bush

8th Legislative Breakfast will focus on transportation issues

Dec. 19, 2016
Staff report, Northglenn Thornton Sentinel

Commuting Solutions and the Northwest Chamber Alliance (a coalition of the Broomfield, Boulder and Longmont chambers) will host the 8th Legislative Breakfast on Jan. 5 from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Omni Interlocken Hotel. The purpose of this year’s event is to convene public and private stakeholders around the Northwest region’s transportation priorities during the 2017 legislative session.

The 8th Legislative Breakfast will provide a collaborative environment for businesses, governments and transportation agencies to discuss the future of the Northwest region, especially as it relates to potential state legislation to prioritize transportation.

“Transportation is becoming a paramount issue for businesses, especially when it comes to recruiting and retaining employees,” said John Tayer, President and CEO of the Boulder chamber. “Businesses that are highly accessible become desirable employment hubs and ultimately increase a region’s population, economy and quality of life.”

Economic development also is a focal point of this year’s breakfast.

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Louisville’s Commuting Solutions appoints 2017-18 board members

Dec. 29, 2016
By Anthony Hahn, The Daily Camera

At Louisville-based Commuting Solutions’ annual meeting on Dec. 13, members of the transportation-focused group approved the recommended board members for 2017-2018 service term.

Joining the Board of Directors are Gina McAfee, of HDR Engineering; Rob Zuccaro, of Louisville; Shawn Lewis, of Longmont; Heather Cracraft, of the Superior Chamber of Commerce; and Tushar Udeshi, of Google, according to a news release on Monday. The new board members’ terms will begin Sunday and end Dec. 31, 2018.

“We are fortunate to have such a diverse and knowledgeable Board of Directors guide our organization as we continue to address regional transportation issues,” Audrey DeBarros, executive director of Commuting Solutions, said in a statement.

During 2017, the Board of Directors will be led by the following board officers: Chairperson David Driscoll, of Driscoll Rose LLC; Vice Chairperson Kathleen Bracke, of the city of Boulder; Past Chairperson Debra Baskett, of the city of Westminster; Treasurer Ken Hotard, of Boulder Area Realtor Association; and Secretary Chris McShane, of Colorado Business Bank.