IB-2003-J (May 2003)
Author: The Center for the American Dream
Denver’s Regional Transit District (RTD) proposes to extend light-rail and commuter-rail service to seven new corridors in the Denver metropolitan area. This is projected to cost close to several billion dollars, and much more when fi nance charges are included. These rail lines will do little to reduce congestion as they will carry only a few thousand new riders each day at a cost for every new transit trip of $13 to $20.
The Center for the American Dream proposes instead to improve Denver-area transit service and to reduce congestion using bus-rapid transit and HOT lanes. The Fast- Roads, No-Tax plan consists of three important steps: