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CO RTD DIRECTOR District D

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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    Bobby Dishell
    (NP)

Biographical Information

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?

Background Former public school teacher. Transit user. History of amplifying community voice to create systemic change inside and outside of the transit sector. Able to leverage legal, policy, and urban education background to bring equitable change.
Antecedentes Ex maestro de escuela pública. Usuario de tránsito. Historia de amplificar la voz de la comunidad para crear un cambio sistémico dentro y fuera del sector del transporte. Capaz de aprovechar la experiencia legal, política y de educación urbana para lograr un cambio equitativo.
Contact phone (303) 351 - 2459
Teléfono (303) 351 - 2459
Twitter @Bobby_Dishell
My first priority as an RTD Director will be continuing to build relationships within and outside our community. In order to center community voice in decision-making, I will ensure regularly hearing from, and being involved with the community is a top and ongoing priority. Part of my continuing and building relationships priority is to work with school districts to ensure students and their families can get to schools. This means working with districts to find a way for student and LiVE pass applications to be readily accessible and working to decrease the burden on families. This means working with our district offices to identify where and how students are getting across town and evaluating where our bus and rail stops are and aren’t as it relates to the ability to get to school.
I believe we need to work with our union and non-union employees to identify why it is people are leaving the job. As I spoke with numerous individuals within RTD - the issue seemed to be around driver retention more than recruitment. We need to implement a feedback system so that we can better understand why drivers are leaving. Once we have identified why drivers are leaving, we can focus on reducing driver turnover. We also need to investigate why people turned down a job offer from RTD if they received one. Through investing in our own infrastructure and systems we can work to create a more sustainable, long-lasting culture instead of focusing on just getting more people in the door.
The Board can work with legislative partners to reduce their own stipends and payments. If service needs to be reduced, it should be done in a way that is equitable and allows for an increase in services for those who are transit-dependent and decrease services in areas where a route may exist for political reasons. We also need to solicit feedback from transit professionals, employees, riders, community members, and other experts. RTD needs to focus on how it can support other sectors to get people back to work in a safe manner. A substantial portion of RTD's budget is comprised of sales tax revenue, while only 20% comes from fare collection. RTD needs to focus on its core service of providing reliable, safe transportation so that more people see RTD as a partner to get where they want to go. As more people are traveling and spending across the District, fare revenue and sales tax can increase, leading to a road to recovery.