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30D00819D2BC4CEA87258727006A62A9 Hearing Summary




PUBLIC
BILL SUMMARY For PRESENTATION FROM REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION DISTRICT

INTERIM COMMITTEE  TRANSPORTATION LEGISLATION REVIEW COMMITTEE
Date Aug 4, 2021      
Location Old State Library



Presentation from Regional Transportation District - Committee Discussion Only


01:22:03 PM  
Debra Johnson, representing
the Regional Transportation District (RTD), provided information about
RTD.  Ms. Johnson provided a PowerPoint presentation (Attachment I).
 RTD is collaborating with the state by implementing audit recommendations
from a 2020 State Audit and looking at recommendations from the Accountability
Committee.  The committee made its final report July 20 and Board
action is expected later this month.  The ddistrict continues to work
through the pandemic and adjust to the effects.

01:26:18 PM  
The RTD Board will
reivew the 2021-2026 Strategic Plan next week.  The plan looks at
the organizations history and current state and ties activities and performance
measurements to outcomes.  RTD wants to deliver value and excellence
to customers and community.  





With regards to recovery, RTD is currently at  65 percent service
and would like to increase to 70 percent of pre-pandemic levels.  Service
for major activity areas may be a sensible way to expand, such as areas
of employment, the Tech Center, downtown Denver, and Boulder.  RTD
is looking at its hiring practices to have the staff to provide critical
services.
01:32:02 PM  
Ms. Johnson shared
that the organization is re-starting the Reimagine RTD program.  The
program looks at the organization every five to seven years optimize the
system and plan for the future, balancing monthly needs and fiscal limits.
 The plan guides the organization through 2050.  Guiding principles
were adopted in April of this year, and are the foundation of service delivery
decisions. The six critical lensesof the program are: mobility, equity,
financial, partnerships, workforce, and sustainability.

01:35:59 PM  
The fare study equity
analysis began in March of 2021.  Users find the fare system cumbersome,
expensive, and confusing.  It is a first  of its kind study that
includes multicultural outreach.  New fares will be implemented in
2022 after a benchmark study and creation of a comprehensive fare structure
that accomdoates many individuals.
01:39:25 PM  
There was a discussion
about safety for RTD employees. Polycarbonate barriars will remain for
drivers due to some issues with violence.  


 

There was a discussion about service reductions.  A service reduction
analysis plan was completed to ensure that low income or minority communities
were not suffering the brunt of the impact of service.   Additional
routes and schedules will be added, depending on ridership flows.  The
goal is to be at 85 percent of pre-pandemic levels in 2022.
01:47:06 PM  
RTD received Coronavirus
Aid Relief and Economic Security Act funds provided $232,000 for payroll
and operations through 2020.   In 2021, RTD received $203,400 from
the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act to
restore services that were cut; restore budgeted overtime and extra shift
pay for front line operators and maintenance staff; eliminate furlough
days; eliminate paycuts for non-represented employees; and allow non-represented
employees to cash in 80 hours of paid time off that they were not able
to take during the pandemic.  





RTD will also leverage a money swap of sales and use tax in the amount
of $14 million to address state audit recommendations and the recommendations
of the Accountability Committee, and ensure adequate employees to provide
service.



RTD plans to submit
an application for American Rescue Plan Act funds to address salaries and
benefits.






COVID-19 Resources
NORTH ENTRANCE IS CURRENTLY CLOSED.  TO ENTER THE CAPITOL, USE THE SOUTH ENTRANCE, UNDER THE STAIRS, AT 14th AVENUE AND SHERMAN STREET.