Tuesday, August 30, 2011

RTD Cuts Buses and Builds Rail

RTD, which is suppose to be the region’s bus service, cuts that service, but wants to double its sales tax revenue to build more high-priced rail (Denver Post headline of August 18, “RTD staff calls for increased fares and service cuts”). Is there something wrong with this picture?

RTD admitted again that its financial projections were unreliable. Its service increases were “not sustainable and its cost and revenue projections inaccurate and heading toward ‘looming deficits.’”

So, the people that most need transit and the system that is the most accessible – namely the buses – will be cut, while the massively over-priced and underfinanced rail system can continue.

Should we double RTD’s sales taxes in 2012?

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