Jennifer understands that a world class public transportation system that the many that need it the most cannot afford to use is just a cruel joke. She will break down the barriers between people and the work and affordable housing they need.
Jennifer is against tax increases to build and expand roads. Research has shown that this never solves traffic problems. She believes that a competent effort to increase public transit capacity and use will eliminate traffic congestion without wasteful government spending.
Jennifer will work to break down barriers that block or discourage mobility challenged community members from using RTD public transit. She is on the side of seniors and people with disabilities.
Jennifer will advocate for an all doors boarding, off bus fare payment policy to radically improve bus operating efficiencies and rider comfort.
Jennifer will put the Public back into Public Transportation. Anyone with a Medicaid card or student ID is eligible for a $20 monthly pass, or a $5 weekly pass.
Jennifer understands the urgent and immediate needs of her District N. The few bus routes serving the mountain area were recently severely cut. Jennifer will demand reversal of these cuts and dramatically expanded service to mountain areas.
Jennifer understands that the residents of District N live primarily in mountain communities with unique mass transit needs. Mountain community residents are regularly left waiting in the weather for buses arriving late or not at all when road conditions are less than perfect.
District N is geographically the largest district in the RTD system, and yet has not one light rail station. Existing and planned light rail service lines provide service to every single RTD district except District N. Jennifer will demand an immediate start to planning for light rail service to Evergreen and Conifer.
Jennifer will demand RTD deployment of mountain capable transit vehicles. All wheel drive vehicles with tires suitable for snow and ice will provide safe, reliable all-weather transit service to mountain people living without the benefit of perfectly paved roads.
Jennifer understands that effective public transportation works for many different work and play schedules. She will demand that the W Line operate 24 hours a day, and that a circulator bus run 24 hours a day through Evergreen and Conifer to the W Line.
Jennifer knows that the residents of District N contribute more than $40,000,000 per year in RTD sales tax-based subsidies, but receive very little in return. This will change on Jennifer's watch.
Jennifer will partner with private operators to provide standard and electric bicycles at key transit stations for free overnight use.
Jennifer will partner with electric scooter operators to position fleets of scooters at RTD transit stations for last mile use in urban locations.
Jennifer will partner with Lyft to provide subsidized first mile and last mile rides in suburban locations and to riders requiring more assistance.
Jennifer will advocate for expanded Call-n-Ride service and flex route circulators moving people to and from transit stations.
Jennifer never rests and is always searching for innovative new solutions to the first mile and last mile problem. Who knows what tomorrow will bring?
Jennifer will partner with eGo CarShare to provide subsidized access to shared cars. She will work with eGo to position pools of vehicles at key transit stations.
Jennifer thinks that boarding a bus should be simple and easy, no matter a rider's physical challenges. She will push for improved boarding technologies.
Jennifer believes that public transportation must serve all of the public. She will be a tireless advocate for mobility challenged seniors and individuals with disabilities.
Jennifer believes that a 3/4 mile service corridor is far too restrictive, and that it does not serve the needs of the community. She will push for an expansion to 3 miles.
Jennifer will work to increase the Access-a-Cab subsidy for riders that live in the more remote areas of the District.
Jennifer will demand more platform level boarding options for the mobility challenged.
People with disabilities encounter a lot of barriers using mass transit. Jennifer will meet with disabled communities and their advocacy groups to better understand these barriers.