The beauty of a buzzing city is that we move - from our house to our schools to our favorite local restaurant. The reality is that moving anywhere quickly within Denver is no longer possible. We waste time in our cars that would better be spent in our communities and with our families. People need options to move from work to home and from neighborhood to neighborhood. It’s time to stop talking transit and start building it. As your mayor I will:
Establish frequent, reliable, comfortable transit in our city
People want to take a few minutes to themselves – read a book, listen to a podcast, talk with a friend, or catch up on email – instead of fighting traffic. We only need to implement proven solutions that work around the country – and already worked here once. I do not believe we can rely wholly on RTD to provide solutions for and within our city to support our people. Denver must take a leading role in implementing a network of transit and supportive mobility that meets the people’s needs now, with leadership that will be ready to act nimbly to adjust the networks as needed.
Return Denver to a streetcar network that worked for the people of this city
Until 1950, Denver had one of the largest streetcar networks in the country (before that, cable cars ruled the road here!), and it’s time to reconnect Denver’s neighborhoods using the streetcar model and network of the past with modern technology to propel us forward for 21st century needs. So many other cities – from Portland, to Oklahoma City, and El Paso to Las Vegas – are making this forward-thinking investment. We will find a way to build intra-city transit that provides a real option to getting cars off roads, leveraging FasTracks. All great cities have two tiers of transit - regional and local. We have built out much of the regional framework, now Denver must invest in getting people where they need to go within the City. We can fund transit improvements with innovative tools including exploring ideas such as adding a small fee on every rideshare ride and instituting special districts that capture and invest a portion of the increased value along new transit corridors – tools other cities are using successfully. Additionally, we will commit to integrating technology and signage to make use of both local and regional transit networks easy for all.
Thoughtfully integrate transit into land use planning
Good urban planning around Smart Growth policies tie together land use planning and added density to transit, green space and the need for neighborhood supporting businesses, among other things. I will commit to this approach, planning appropriate density in development along transit corridors and not haphazardly throughout historic neighborhoods, and I will commit to providing wide sidewalks and bike lanes with plenty of green space so that people enjoy their walk or bike ride to a streetcar or bus line.
Give access to transit to all
Great cities provide basic opportunities and services to their residents – ALL their residents. My commitment is to build a transit network that works, that ALL can afford to use. I will build on and improve RTD’s subsidy program to ensure we can deliver reduced or free transit fares for our youth, our workers and those who most need affordable mobility options.