RTD launches resources for the LiVE Income-based discount program
The Regional Transportation District (RTD) has launched a three-part video series for the RTD LiVE program, an income-based discount program offering 40 percent discount on regular fares to qualified riders. To qualify for LiVE, an individual must be between the ages of 20 and 64, have a gross household income at or below 185 percent of the federal poverty level, and live within the RTD service area.
The video series, available on the agency’s LiVE webpage, comes just over a year after the LiVE program launched in 2019 and is based on frequently asked questions as well as feedback received from RTD LiVE participants and community organizations.
The video series provides an introduction to the LiVE discount program, gives tips on the application process and shows how to ride with LiVE once participants receive the LiVE Discount identification card. The videos are available in English and Spanish, and are accompanied by a Partner Tool Kit to help human service organizations, non-profits and other community partners educate and promote the program’s benefits.
Based on other feedback received, RTD is also working with Denver Human Services (DHS) to develop a new position for an outreach coordinator who will be available at partner sites throughout the RTD District to assist potential LiVE customers with their applications. Recruitment for the position will soon be underway through DHS, and the agencies anticipate this service will begin as soon as the person is hired and trained.
RTD encourages riders seeking an income-based discount to apply for its LiVE Program, which offers a 40 percent discount to those who qualify. In addition to the LiVE income-based discount program, RTD offers discount fare programs for seniors, individuals with disabilities, Medicare recipients, and youth. Information on all discount programs is available at www.rtd-denver.com/fares-passes/discount-fares.
Colorado will provide 368 ballot drop boxes statewide
Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold today announced that Colorado will have 368 ballot drop boxes available to voters statewide for the November 3 Election, a significant increase from 2018, when 247 drop boxes were available statewide.
“I am happy to announce that over the last two years Colorado has added 121 new drop boxes across the state for the 2020 General Election,” said Secretary Griswold. “No American should have to choose between risking their health and exercising their right to vote. Drop boxes are a safe, secure, and convenient way for Colorado voters to make their voices heard while social distancing, and are one of the reasons our elections are the nation’s gold standard.”
President Donald J. Trump declared that a major disaster exists in the State of Louisiana and ordered Federal aid to supplement State, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by Hurricane Laura from August 22 to August 27.
Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.
Governor Jared Polis and Lt. Governor Dianne Primavera offered their support for Colorado being selected as the permanent home of U.S. Space Command. After an intensive process, Colorado Springs and Aurora recently submitted their respective applications to the Department of the Air Force. Under the leadership of Lt. Governor Primavera, the State and Federal Delegation provided support and guidance throughout the process.
“The Air Force should make the smart choice and select Colorado as the permanent home of U.S. Space Command. Whether it’s our resilient economy, our proud military heritage, our thriving aerospace industry, our terrific schools, or our highly educated workforce and esteemed research institutions, Colorado truly has it all,” said Governor Jared Polis.
Applications are currently being accepted for the new Housing Stability Strategic Advisors group. The purpose of the Housing Stability Strategic Advisors group is to provide advice and recommendations regarding the planning and implementation of city programs, services, and expenditures related to homelessness resolution, housing stability, and housing opportunities. Applicants can apply at https://bit.ly/31Ju5Lh.