CO RTD DIRECTOR District F
Regional Transit District (RTD) is governed by a 15-member, publicly elected Board of Directors. Elections are staggered with eight (8) seats open in this general election. They are elected to a four-year term by the voters in their specific district. Board members actively support and advocate for constituents’ concerns, while providing governance and establishing policies for the agency.The eight Directors for Districts A, D, E, F, G, H, I, and M will be elected in 2020.The Regional Transportation District provides public transportation in eight counties including all of Boulder, Broomfield, Denver and Jefferson counties, parts of Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas Counties, and a small portion of Weld County. Services include bus, rail, shuttles, ADA paratransit services, demand-responsive services like FlexRide, special event services, vanpools, and many more. The Regional Transportation District was created in 1969 by the 47th session of the Colorado General Assembly.ELECTION INFO: General Election ballots will start to be mailed on October 9th, 2020. Voter Service and Polling Centers open on Monday, October 19th, 2020. Ballots must be received via mail or at drop-off no later than Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020, by 7 pm. If you have not received your ballot or need a replacement, contact your local Clerk & Recorder Elections Office.Junta de Directores de RTDEl Distrito de Tránsito Regional (RTD) es gobernado por una Junta Directora de 15 elegidos públicamente. Las elecciones son espaciadas y tiene ocho (8) cargos abiertos para esta elección general. Son electos por votantes de su distrito específico para un mandato de cuatro años. Los miembros de la junta apoyan activamente, y defienden a constituyentes mientras proporcionan gobernación y establecen políticas para la agencia. Se elegirán a los 8 Directores para los Distritos A, D, E, F, G, H, I, y M en 2020.El Distrito de Transporte Regional proporciona transporte público en ocho condados, incluyendo completamente a los Condados de Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, y Jefferson, partes de los Condados de Adams, Arapahoe y Douglas, y una parte pequeña del Condado de Weld. Los servicios incluyen servicios de autobús, tren, colectivo, servicios de paratránsito de ADA, servicios determinados por necesidad como FlexRide, servicios de eventos especiales, caravanas, y muchos más. El Distrito de Transporte Regional fue creado en 1969 por la 47ª sesión de la Asamblea General de Colorado.INFROMACIÓN SOBRE LAS ELECCIONES: Las papeletas de votación para las Elecciones Generales empezarán a ser enviadas el 9 de octubre del 2020. Los Centros de Servicios Electorales se abren el lunes, 19 de octubre del 2020. Las papeletas electorales deben ser enviadas por correo o entregadas en un centro de entrega a más tardar a las 7pm el martes, 3 de noviembre del 2020. Si no ha recibido su papeleta electoral o necesita un reemplazo, comuníquese con su Funcionario Oficial de la Oficina de Elecciones local.
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What will be your first priority as an RTD Director and why?
How would you address the RTD driver shortage that affected services prior to the COVID pandemic?
What actions would you recommend the RTD implement to recover from lack of revenue caused by the COVID pandemic?
MBA University of Denver: Licensed Stock and Bond Broker
21 years experience in City Government as a Finance Director and City Manager, 25 years experience as a Municipal Bond Underwriter; 12 years experience as a City Councilman in Aurora, Colorado; 4 years experience as an RTD Board Memeber; Chairman of Board Denver Wastewater Reclamation District
Stabilize the Districts budget. Having just experienced a 60% drop in ridership and fare revenue on top of a large decrease in sales tax revenue which provides 60 % of RTD's total revenue RTD is facing large layoffs to balance the budget in 2021 due to the pandemic. The Board has already cut service due to low ridership. As the economy improves and people return to work and other activities, RTD must be prepared to call back workers and restore service cuts where needed.
The District was almost back to full staffing levels after people hired in the 4th quarter of 2019 were trained and ready to go in February of 2020. Now the District has more drivers and operators than are needed to staff the current reduced operations. Mandatory overtime is now a relic of the past and the District is no longer paying out large overtime payment each payroll period and drivers are not forced to work 6 day weeks week in and week out. The real concern now is whether laid off drivers and operators will return to RTD when travel demand improves along with the economy.
The District needs to attend to the basics: clean, safe and on-time service. It is going to take time to re-build ridership. The District continues to roll out computer applications to make it easy to use the system and to get alerts when service problems come up due to accidents or mechanical failure. A well informed rider has more confidence in RTD and can plan around the very few service problems that come up. RTD is proud of it's 99+% on-time service, but if you are part of the less than 1% experiencing a service problem that's what you remember unless you got a heads up so you can plan around the problem. Good service leads to repeat business and more revenue.Cutting fares to attract more riders helps, but it also means that you have to cut service somewhere in the District to make up for lost revenue.
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