CO RTD DIRECTOR District M
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?
Mayor of Golden (2012-19), City Councilor (2008-11), and Planning Commissioner -- all roles requiring judgment on transportation issues.
Professional life: partner at BakerHostetler and staff attorney at 10th Circuit. Private life: Dendy Sloan's wife, Trey and Mark's mother, grandmother.
The first job of every elected official is to connect with and listen to constituents, colleagues, staff members, and partners. In the case of RTD, this means district taxpayers, fellow board members, RTD employees, local government officials, non-profit organizations, and contracting entities. Although the communication task is never completed, it is the essential initial step to become an effective board member. Another preliminary (and equally unending) priority is more academic: the review and analysis of governing statutes, regulations, policies, and customs.
RTD drivers are worthy of respect and entitled to healthy working conditions. The drivers themselves are the best source of suggestions for retaining current employees and attracting new ones. Possible first steps could include improving workstations to make them safer and more ergonomic as well as assuring adequate comfort breaks. Additionally, re-negotiation of the collective bargaining agreement between the Amalgamated Transit Union and RTD may be on the table in 2021. Although board members do not have an active bargaining role, the board as a whole may discuss forward-looking policy items such as paid family and medical leave along with paid sick leave for pre-existing conditions.
In my mind, this is the ultimate dilemma to be resolved by the RTD Board of Directors. A normal response of reducing expenses through cutting service and maintenance can result only in loss of revenue through a severe and understandable decrease of ridership. Raising fares to increase revenue will have the same consequence. Heavy reliance on reserve accounts could lead to the dissolution of the district. Fortunately, the Board does not face this situation alone. Other metropolitan transit districts are also exploring ways to recover from drastic pandemic effects. They will be working on creative measures that the RTD Board may critique and adapt them for the Denver Metro Area. Lobbying the federal government may bring monetary relief. And in Colorado, our engaged public, informed employees, the RTD Accountability Committee, the Legislature, and the Governor's Office will all propose ways to finance and rebuild a post-pandemic RTD.
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