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RTD services in Parker may be terminated via bill at the Capitol

PARKER, Colo. (KDVR) – A Colorado town wants to give its voters the power to choose whether they want to stay with the RTD. To be able to opt in or out of the transit zone, the Town of Parker must go through legislators at the Capitol.

The RTD station in Parker was quiet on a Friday afternoon. Parket Mayor Jeff Toborg said things have been like that for a while.

“That’s usually the way RTDs are at Parker,” Toborg said. “You know, we have the P bus that runs from Parker down to Civic Center three times in the morning and three times home. So we’re in front of that window, and then we have the 483 sporadically passing through here to the train. But then again, that’s sporadic and not many people trying to get around Parker are interested in going outside the trains. “

RTD has suspended services on the P bus and 483 routes from spring 2020 through summer and fall 2021.

The mayor said the town does not get the services it needs from the district with the money RTD receives from the town.

“In 2020, we are at about $13 million and in 2021 we are at $15.1 million (in tax dollars). So it grew to a million, a million, and then in 2021, increased by $2 million. So continue to receive large sums of money from Parker taxpayers without providing a service,” Toborg said.

This is not the first time a town has taken this route. Castle Rock successfully rejected RTD in 2005. Just last year, Parker tried to get a similar measure passed on Capitol Hill but the bill’s sponsor, the House of Representatives, withdrew the bill after hearing it. RTD testified.

In a statement, an RTD public relations specialist said they have not yet taken a stance on this year’s bill but plan to discuss it during their next board meeting:

“Since a similar bill from 2021 was introduced by the General Assembly and adjourned indefinitely in spring 2021, RTD has responded positively with action to ensure that Parker residents receive value for their money. their tax amount. Specifically, RTD restored Route 483 in June 2021 following a pandemic-related shutdown. Additionally, RTD restored Line P in September and expanded its FlexRide service in Parker with its most recent service change, in January. This restored service represents two major routes distributed within the town’s boundaries. Additionally, many Parker residents use RTD’s Park-n-Ride lots for light rail service adjacent to the town of Parker. Finally, RTD provides robust Access-a-Ride services to Parker residents who need additional assistance due to a disability.

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FOX31 reached out to this year’s Senate sponsor to see the level of support for the measure this year. He didn’t have time to chat about it, but the mayor said the town was doing some manual work to get more lawmakers involved this time around.

The current deal runs until 2050, with proceeds through a 1% retail tax occurring in the transit area.

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Tom Vazquez

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