Doug Tisdale, representing the Regional Transportation District (RTD) provided an update to the committee. He distributed a copy of his presentation (Attachment A). Mr. Tisdale started with a history of RTD, indicating that this is RTD's 50 year anniversary. He noted that RTD has 140 fixed bus routes, 99 miles of rail, 8 light rail lines, 3 commuter rail lines, 1 bus rapid transit line, 10,000 bus stops, 80 plus Park-n-Ride locations, and 3,000 employees. He stated that district is 2,400 square miles and serves three million people within the district.
He also noted that the G Line, from Denver Union Station to Wheat Ridge, opened earlier this year on April 26. An extension to the Ridgegate Station was opened for rail lines E,F, and R on May 17, 2019. A $92 million Small Start Grant helped develop the extension sooner.
He also stated that bus routes run 80 percent on time and that light rail lines run 91 percent on time. He noted that the train to the plane, the A line, runs 95 to 96 percent on time. Mr. Tisdale indicated that employees are working overtime to run services, as there is an operator shortage.