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TakeFive Jul 27, 2020 5:23 PM

Cirrus is known for his BRT Creep reference, but this would be more of a leap.

Pandemic Forces Austin And Capital Metro To Consider A Less Costly Start To Project Connect

During a virtual community meeting, the city and Cap Metro unveiled a proposal that would fund $7 billion of the $10 billion plan with a timetable of 10 to 15 years.

The plan would still include the proposed Blue and Orange light rail lines and downtown transit tunnel, but the Gold Line would begin as a rapid bus line and be converted to a train line later. Only three new MetroRapid bus lines would be built at first, instead of the seven lines in earlier proposals.
They have also changed some of the routes.

Didn't know previously but they plan to raise property taxes for funding (as if property taxes in Texas were such a value)

The $7 billion package would mean a potential tax rate increase of 8.5 cents, or $276 more a year on a property with a value of $325,000. It would mean $425 more a year for a home valued at $500,000.

The City Council will decide next month whether to place a tax rate election on the November ballot.

TakeFive Aug 4, 2020 7:28 PM

CDOT awards 6 cities with grants to revitalize main streets
Aug 3, 2020 by: Dara Bitler/KDVR

CDOT says the $4.1 million initiative is providing financial assistance to communities seeking to make creative modifications to state roadways or other public spaces as a way of promoting social distancing and economic activity.
Grants have been given to Alamosa, Aspen, Littleton, Frisco, Silt and Oak Creek.

Small potatoes, yes, but for small communities it's greatly appreciated.

CDOT Executive Director Shoshana Lew. “The program has additional capacity, so we encourage localities to take a look at other cities’ solutions and explore how these funds could benefit their own community.”

TakeFive Aug 27, 2020 11:04 PM

RTD Names Woman — Debra Johnson — To Lead Agency In Historic Decision
August 25, 2020 By Danielle Chavira -CBS4 Denver

DENVER (CBS4) – RTD announced Tuesday night its board of directors named Debra Johnson as the agency’s next general manager and CEO. The choice comes after a months-long and nationwide search for a new leader.

Johnson is also the first woman to hold the position ever. She has 25 years experience as a transit executive, most recently as Deputy CEO at Long Beach Transit in Long Beach, California.
Photo courtesy RTD via CBS4

It sounds like RTD may not lose as much revenue as they had feared. Having already cut service by 40% it appears as though they may at least hold to that level of service.

TakeFive Aug 27, 2020 11:34 PM
Photo courtesy of Dave Jensen - Retro1025

After nearly 70 years, Fort Collins sees second restored streetcar on the tracks
July 4, 2020 - The Coloradoan

This is the first time in almost 70 years that both of Fort Collins' restored street cars are operating on the same line since Fort Collins dismantled its streetcar system in 1951.
Lots of photos at the Coloradoan.

Fun video.

Brainpathology Sep 17, 2020 3:18 PM

I can't tell from reading the captions on the photos.. can someone please tell me how long it's been since these cars have been on the same line together?

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