IB-2004-A (January 2004)
Author: The Center for the American Dream
Denver’s Regional Transit District (RTD) wants to spend $4 billion—plus billions more in finance charges—building light-rail and commuter-rail lines. Yet documents published by the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) and RTD itself reveal that this plan will do almost nothing to reduce congestion, air pollution, or other urban problems.
RTD calls its proposal “FasTracks,” but it is more accurate to call it “Slow Tracks,” because it will take years to build the rail lines and, once built, the trains will run at only about 18 to 30 miles per hour.