Reimagine RTD Technical Working Group (TWG) – September 23, 2020

Reimagine RTD’s Technical Working (TWG) group met for one last time this year before pressing “pause” on the process due to COVID 19 and financial issues facing RTD. RTD staff reviewed the proposed January 2021 service changes which will still be operating under their COVID 19 plan. The service changes reflect efforts to redirect services from underperforming routes to routes and areas where there are capacity issues. RTD is applying feedback received over the last year from TWG to provide services to those who use and depend on transit the most. There will be no new impacts for the users of Access-a-Ride. The most significant changes will be to the C, D, and R light rail lines. There are plans to hold virtual public forums regarding service changes, and dates for those forums will be released shortly. Bruce Abel, who heads up special projects for RTD shared cost reduction strategies proposed to address a $166 million shortfall for 2021. These strategies include deferment of capital and maintenance expenditures and workforce reductions. RTD hopes to resume meeting with the Reimagine groups in 2021 to continue work on RTD’s mobility plan for the future.