“Despite funding relief from federal government as part of the CARES Act in the amount of $232 million, RTD is still in a pickle. Two-thirds of RTD’s budget comes from local sales and use tax dollars, which has resulted in a $28.5 million decline since the COVID-19 crisis started.
What light rail is in metro Denver – and what it desperately wants to be – are, for all intents and purposes, light years apart. And there are many critics about those shortcomings.
“It tends to focus more on areas that have more of an affluent population,” said rider Leo Murray.
“It’s a flawed system,” said Town of Parker Mayor Jeff Toborg.
“This track goes nowhere,” said Brother Jeff Fard, a native of northeast Denver and an activist for underserved communities of color.
The rail initially aimed to transform how people in metro Denver get around.”
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Haythorn, Russell. Channel 7 News 7 June 2021.