I'M JULIEN BOUQUET AND I AM FIGHTING TO GET RTD BACK ON TRACK
WE NEED RTD TO BE:
We are one of the most expensive public transportation systems in the entire country. That is why RTD has been losing riders every year since 2014. And that is why RTD has been losing more and more revenue every year. I am fighting to lower fares so we can encourage more riders to use RTD. More riders will mean more fare revenue, less traffic and less pollution which will be beneficial for our entire community.
In the middle of a global pandemic, RTD has been cutting service to our riders throughout the state. Unfortunately, many riders are reliant on RTD to get them to essential locations. People need to be able to get to work, go to school, get to the grocery store, or pick up their children. We need to provide these services, especially when so many people are struggling during these difficult times. I am fighting to expand our transportation routes throughout the state, so we can increase ridership and get people to where they need to go.
RTD has been suffering from major bus driver and train operator shortages. This is why more and more trips are being cancelled. It is not efficient for RTD to be overworking drivers and operators by asking them to work 13 hour shifts. It is not efficient to keep riders unaware that their scheduled train or bus isn't coming. I am fighting to give our drivers, operators and riders more of a voice. I want drivers and operators to feel they are respected at RTD, and I want them to stay with RTD.
We have a large growing population here in the state of Colorado. We need to make a transportation system that can serve more residents. We need a transportation system that is environmentally sustainable. We need more public transportation that can lower traffic and decrease pollution in our state. We need RTD to be able to retain more employees so we don't suffer constant driver shortages. I am fighting to create a long-lasting public transportation system that encourages ridership and meets the needs of Colorado's future.
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