Paul Solano member of the RTD Board of Directors, informed that the agency is studying a plan for special discounted fares for low income riders. “ A 25-member working group evaluated RTD’s pass program and created a recommendation”: The commissions report will be reviewed by RTD staff and considered for approval by the board of directors. The current recommendation retains EcoPass, Neighborhood EcoPass, CollegePass and the nonprofit program and adds a low-income pass and a youth pass” explained Solano, who represents Thornton, Commerce City, Brighton, Lochbuie, and unincorporated Adams County.
Solano stated that he would vote for these two recommendations. “I was pleased to see the proposed youth pass in this recommendation, as “I know a lot of new college students would use it to access the Auraria Campus in downtown Denver” he explained. The official explained that the decision will be made in 2018, with public meetings taking place towards the end of the year. Implementation of the fares would take place at the beginning of 2019.
PROGRESS ON N LINE
The Board direc tor commented about the progress being made on construction of Line N, that serves residents of the North- Metro area. “Construction is moving along 13 miles of the 18.5-mile corridor are taking shape” he said. Solano clarified that this line won’t go beyond the Eastlake & 124th Station. “The population density there doesn’t support the extension”; this is also true for the Brighton area. However the northeastern suburbs are growing fast and it is feasible the demand for public transit will rise in the near future” explained Solano.
He also referenced the new collective bargaining agreement for RTD employees. “I was pleased to vote last month to approve a new three-year contract that offers a competitive starting wage and addresses employee working conditions that had not been updated in many years.
My hope is that this new contract enables RTD to better serve it’s current employees and shows others that the agency is a great place to work” concluded Solano.
Paul D. Solano was elected to the board of directors in 2012 representing district k, and is running for re-election this November.