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Old Posted Feb 14, 2018, 9:04 PM
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Old Posted Feb 14, 2018, 10:18 PM
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Denver Metro Chamber Will Pitch Ballot Measures to Fund Colorado Transportation
Feb 14, 2018 by David Sachs/Streetsblog Denver
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A coalition led by the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce will file language next week for three ballot measures that would raise money for transportation projects by increasing the state sales tax, Chamber President and CEO Kelly Brough said Tuesday.

The three variations of the proposal each have a different sales tax increment — a half-cent, .62 cents, or a full penny. The measures would raise an estimated $500 million, $620 million, and $1 billion a year, respectively, according to a person familiar with the talks.

Of those funds, 15 percent would be for “multimodal” projects, i.e. transit, biking, and walking, 20 percent would go directly to cities, and another 20 percent would go to counties. The rest would go toward the Colorado Department of Transportation.
Similar to what the legislature came up with last year but couldn't get Republicans in the Senate to go along when they switched horses to borrow $1.9 billion against the State's real estate.

Don't you love how they copied my idea of allocating money to both cities and counties?
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Old Posted Feb 15, 2018, 5:26 PM
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Final numbers are in

DIA sets passenger traffic record in 2017; up 5 percent from 2016
Feb 15, 2018 by Ben Miller - DBJ
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Airport officials this week announced an official count of 61,379,396 passengers at DIA last year, up 5.3 percent from 2016's previous record of 58,266,515 passengers.
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Last year, there were a record 2.59 million international travelers, which was a 12.5 percent increase over the previous year's.

Seventy-six of the airport’s top 100 busiest days ever were set in 2017.
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Old Posted Feb 15, 2018, 6:28 PM
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Of those funds, 15 percent would be for “multimodal” projects, i.e. transit, biking, and walking, 20 percent would go directly to cities, and another 20 percent would go to counties. The rest would go toward the Colorado Department of Transportation.
Denver will get to double-dip since 20% goes to cities and 20% goes to counties.

Getting out my mechanical calculator, the city of Denver has about 12.5% (or 1/8) of the states population. Using the middle amount of .62 cents sales tax that is projected to raise $620 million a year. As a city and county, Denver will get 12.5% of 20% twice of the $620 million (or 25% of 40%) or $62 million a year. This assumes a pro rata distribution. Additionally CDOT has responsibility for roads like Federal, Colfax, Colo Blvd and Hampden (off the top of my head) and buses do use roads.

If we assume Denver generates 10% of the state's sales tax revenue; that would mean Denver is contributing $62 million and getting back $62 million so it would be a wash. If Denver batted closer to their weight with a 12% share of sales tax then they would contribute $74.4 million.

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will release plans for their first light rail, an urban line along a long-favored street/route. It will be 12 miles and cost $2.1 billion. That would be $175 million per mile which for an urban line sounds highly realistic. Nashville estimated theirs closer to $130 million per mile. Austin's plan is conceptual so funding is yet to be considered.
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^ Take Five-remember you can bond from those amounts for a bit more plus those local matches could attract some cash from the Feds..
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I really doubt Denver will be able to double-dip and receive a city share and a county share, considering it is a single entity that performs both city and county functions.
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I know nothing.

But I'm reminded that I later wondered if your parents might live in the vicinity of Grandview HS. Nice area but the transportation options would be rather limited.
I just noticed your post, sorry! Yes they live in the Arapahoe Crossings area. Yeah there isn't much options there unless you drive to nine mile. I think one thing that could help suburbanites to be more open and willing to use public transportation would to make it more convenient. Maybe start by making electronic tickets for your phone/ipad. Another thing that makes me wonder is the speed of our trains. The A-line is awesome. But its kind of disheartening that when its not rush hour, you just hop in your car and drive down the freeway and you can clearly see that your going faster than the trains... I understand that during rush hour its much easier and faster to take the trains into the city, but I have a feeling that many suburbanites don't really think about it, they think being in their car its much more convenient and faster to get to work than to ride the rail, all based upon that one time they saw that they were going faster than the trains.

I fully agree that our focus on public transportation should mainly be in the urban core areas of the city. But I also think we shouldn't forget our suburban neighbors, they can't complain if there is clearly other options of getting into the city without traffic, even though they try. We also have to try and eliminate pollution from suburbs also, even if its a losing battle, at least we are trying to slow down the process. We as a city have to figure out how to cater to everyone, and that's a hard thing to figure out. But I think by making the trains faster than the freeway speeds they follow along with, I think would have a positive impact. Kind of in a placebo affect.

(If that doesn't make any sense I completely understand, I was just kind of rambling on)
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