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Old Posted Aug 20, 2019, 2:05 AM
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Over my head but I have a followup question.

Is this a full time gig or part time?
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Old Posted Aug 20, 2019, 2:42 PM
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Old Posted Aug 21, 2019, 3:59 PM
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This is a pretty awesome plan from the city imo - https://www.denverpost.com/2019/08/2...il-urban-loop/

Especially since it feels difficult to get to Arapahoe Square and Cap Hill on any trails or bike lanes. RiNo is easy since you have the Platte River trail nearby and the bike lanes on Brighton Blvd. Cherry Creek is surprisingly easy to get to via bikes because of the Cherry Creek trail.
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Old Posted Aug 22, 2019, 8:02 PM
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This is a pretty awesome plan from the city imo - https://www.denverpost.com/2019/08/2...il-urban-loop/

Especially since it feels difficult to get to Arapahoe Square and Cap Hill on any trails or bike lanes. RiNo is easy since you have the Platte River trail nearby and the bike lanes on Brighton Blvd. Cherry Creek is surprisingly easy to get to via bikes because of the Cherry Creek trail.
You may have grandchildren before this is finished.
But Denver appropriating $850,000 for the 1st phase design is impressive.

As you point out Downtown is blessed by the Cherry Creek Trail and the Platte River trail.
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Old Posted Aug 22, 2019, 8:36 PM
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It might not be as nice as Aurora but it's not bad

Because I just posted about the TOD at Evans Station it's worth a note here as well.

The SW Corridor light rail line opened in July of 2000. That's nearly two decades ago. Any TOD for the forlorn Evans Station? Only crickets until the affordable housing Evans Stations Lofts were built a few years ago. But recently Greystar added 200 units and now there's a new condo project and an 8-story apartment project approved for take-off. Given the nearby industrial flavor of this area, it seems destined to get hot.

And it only took two decades for Evans Station TOD to get hot which piggyback's nicely on my above comments about Boston, time and how things can change given enough of that commodity in Denver.
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Old Posted Aug 23, 2019, 9:16 PM
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United just announced that their previously seasonal service from Denver to London is now year-round: https://denver.cbslocal.com/2019/08/...round-flights/

I was hoping for a more exciting international flight announcement (maybe a direct to China or South America?) but this is what we got.
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Old Posted Aug 23, 2019, 9:53 PM
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United just announced that their previously seasonal service from Denver to London is now year-round: https://denver.cbslocal.com/2019/08/...round-flights/

I was hoping for a more exciting international flight announcement (maybe a direct to China or South America?) but this is what we got.
Still good news. This will be the first time United has ever flown Denver to London year-round. The new Frankfurt flight on United is also being flown this winter, so that means London, Frankfurt, and Tokyo are all daily, year-round on United from Denver.

It also probably helped United that Norwegian cut Denver-London this winter, though that was only being flown 2-3 times a week.
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Old Posted Aug 27, 2019, 5:47 AM
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Seattle's 'microtransit' experiment drives people to light rail. Is it working?
August 22, 2019 by Josh Cohen - Crosscut
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Four months in, ridership on the $3.2M Via service is reportedly exceeding expectations. If you’ve ridden light rail in the Rainier Valley in the past few months you’ve no doubt seen them: black vans with a blue Seattle skyline painted on the sides.

Called Via to Transit, the vans look like they could be an Uber spinoff. In fact, passengers dial up the rides through an app similar to any ride hailing service. But as the King County Metro Transit logo emblazoned on the door indicates, the vans are part of a county-run experiment with on-demand “microtransit.”

It’s far too early for the agency to declare victory, but so far, the service has exceeded Metro’s daily ridership goals and served up more than 70,000 total rides.
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Old Posted Aug 27, 2019, 6:00 PM
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Old Posted Aug 29, 2019, 11:34 PM
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Frontier Flying Higher

Barry Biffle promoted to president and CEO


Courtesy 9News Denver

After Frontier was bought out of BK and redefined as a low-cost carrier they seem to stumble and bumble along for awhile. Then they slashed routes out of DEN by ~40% while they refocused on creating new route clusters primarily east of the Mississippi. More recently they've built their service out of DIA back up towards 40% of Southwest but still below 30% of what United does. They've found a comfortable placement where all airlines can prosper.

After adding a bunch of new flights out of Newark recently it appears that Frontier is finished with growing their footprint according to an interview with the DBJ.

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Biffle spoke with DBJ after a Denver International Airport event held at the Milk Market in Lower Downtown Thursday afternoon celebrating Frontier’s 25th anniversary. Frontier drove nearly $10 billion in total economic activity in Colorado in 2018, according to a study by InterVISATS Consulting commissioned by DIA.

Biffle added that Frontier’s future growth at DIA and other airports will likely come in the form of more frequent flights rather than new destinations. “We already fly to 100 destinations nonstop, so probably we will add more frequencies than destinations,” Biffle said.

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Earlier this month, Frontier officials greeted DIA passengers headed to Greenville, South Carolina, with its new mascot, “Powder the Polar Bear,” and offered “green-inspired” gifts to the passengers to help kick off the green campaign.

“Right now, if you look at what investors are moving towards, you know, socially responsible investing is a big deal and so regardless of whether we IPO in a year, or five years or 10 years, it’s going to become more and more important to be socially responsible,” Biffle said. “So clearly, we're already the leader from an environmental sustainability [standpoint] and we’ve got huge investments that we're making, for example, starting a women's network ... to ensure that the diversity is there so that we can make sure that we're the most socially responsible airline in the United States.”
I'm less concerned with Frontier's stature and growth at this point but pleased that they seem to have found solid profitability in the airline industry - since they are headquartered in Denver.
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Ok, going to go on an RTD rant.....

Can someone please explain to me why RTD has such a fucked up pricing model when it comes to long-term passes? I am about to switch jobs to a Boston-based startup that doesn't really offer an EcoPass. As someone who commutes to Boulder (and will continue with the new position), I use the EcoPass extensively. However, RTD charges $200 for a comprehensive monthly pass. That equates to $2400 a year if an individual were to buy passes.

I contacted RTD about potentially seeing if I could buy an EcoPass on my own. But.... RTD will not allow that. However, they gave an estimate for what it would cost to give Eco passes to the ENTIRE office of 12 people for an ENTIRE calendar year, and here is what I was presented with:

"A full year your quote would be, $1,416 based off of 2019 pricing. Our contract minimum for your location is $1,368. The EcoPass is a discounted program where pricing is based off of utilization depending on business location and employee headcount. Because this is a discounted program, that is why all employees must been included, think of it as an insurance model. "

What kind of F'd up pricing model is this? It would literally cost me half to just chip in my money and get passes for the entire office as opposed to doing monthly passes on my own.....

Maybe I am missing a glaring sense of logic that justifies this, but jesus that makes zero sense. How does RTD expect ridership to go up when we have obtuse pricing like this? That literally equates to $10/month per person as opposed to $200 if any individual went out on their own to purchase passes.
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Old Posted Sep 6, 2019, 9:12 PM
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Ok, going to go on an RTD rant.....

Can someone please explain to me why RTD has such a fucked up pricing model when it comes to long-term passes? I am about to switch jobs to a Boston-based startup that doesn't really offer an EcoPass. As someone who commutes to Boulder (and will continue with the new position), I use the EcoPass extensively. However, RTD charges $200 for a comprehensive monthly pass. That equates to $2400 a year if an individual were to buy passes.

I contacted RTD about potentially seeing if I could buy an EcoPass on my own. But.... RTD will not allow that. However, they gave an estimate for what it would cost to give Eco passes to the ENTIRE office of 12 people for an ENTIRE calendar year, and here is what I was presented with:

"A full year your quote would be, $1,416 based off of 2019 pricing. Our contract minimum for your location is $1,368. The EcoPass is a discounted program where pricing is based off of utilization depending on business location and employee headcount. Because this is a discounted program, that is why all employees must been included, think of it as an insurance model. "

What kind of F'd up pricing model is this? It would literally cost me half to just chip in my money and get passes for the entire office as opposed to doing monthly passes on my own.....

Maybe I am missing a glaring sense of logic that justifies this, but jesus that makes zero sense. How does RTD expect ridership to go up when we have obtuse pricing like this? That literally equates to $10/month per person as opposed to $200 if any individual went out on their own to purchase passes.
I totally agree with you and am in the same boat. Only 5 employees in my office and the minimum would still be cheaper.
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Maybe I am missing a glaring sense of logic that justifies this, but jesus that makes zero sense. How does RTD expect ridership to go up when we have obtuse pricing like this? That literally equates to $10/month per person as opposed to $200 if any individual went out on their own to purchase passes.
Are you sure that it's not $1,416 per participant? That amount annually for all 12 people seems way too low. IIRC RTD tiers EcoPass pricing based upon the number of organization participants. If you have 15,000 it's going to be cheaper than 12. My previous company had about 50 people participating and the the monthly EcoPass charge, of which the employee was entirely responsible for, was about $90.
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Are you sure that it's not $1,416 per participant? That amount annually for all 12 people seems way too low. IIRC RTD tiers EcoPass pricing based upon the number of organization participants. If you have 15,000 it's going to be cheaper than 12. My previous company had about 50 people participating and the the monthly EcoPass charge, of which the employee was entirely responsible for, was about $90.
Yep.... The email thread started out with this:

"Based on 12 employees working at [blocked out address] in Boulder, the price for a September 1 start date will be $1,368. This is a calendar year program, so passes will be valid through December 31, 2019. This quote is for ALL employees, not per employee. Too, this quote is for the remainder of the year, not per month."

Which is even way more whacked out considering they aren't pro-rating things for starting in the Fall.
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Yep.... The email thread started out with this:

"Based on 12 employees working at [blocked out address] in Boulder, the price for a September 1 start date will be $1,368. This is a calendar year program, so passes will be valid through December 31, 2019. This quote is for ALL employees, not per employee. Too, this quote is for the remainder of the year, not per month."

Which is even way more whacked out considering they aren't pro-rating things for starting in the Fall.
My reading of their email is that $1,368 is a prorated price for 12 employees for 4 months.
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RTD Wants Another Grant To Continue Driverless Shuttle Tests
September 10, 2019 - DENVER (CBS4)
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RTD continues to work to improve its driverless shuttle. The first test run of the automated electric shuttle picked up passengers at the Peña transit station and make stops within the Panasonic “Smart City” campus near DIA.
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RTD is sending out notices on a daily basis about service disruptions like this one for the R Line:
Service disruption
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Due to manpower issues, the following trips on the R line have been canceled:


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“It’s confusing,” said a rider named Larry. “It's not even a heads-up,” said rider Tonya Henderson. “You get the notice at the last minute.”

Henderson says she’s a loyal rider, but it’s becoming increasing stressful. She says drivers seem more rushed on their routes lately. “They’re not waiting for people,” Henderson said. “They should stay for a minute, so everybody can get on and not just close (the doors) so fast. People get closed in the door.”

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For its part, RTD fully admits it has a critical shortage right now. “Sometimes that means that we have to drop routes," Tonilas said.

“We have an operator shortage on the bus side and on the rail side,” said Pauletta Tonilas, assistant general manager of communications for the Regional Transportation District. “And it is impacting service at times.” RTD needs roughly 1,085 bus drivers and is 80 drivers short. Tonilas says they need 216 rail operators and are currently 50 short.
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RTD is sending out notices on a daily basis about service disruptions like this one for the R Line:
Service disruption
Effective: September 10, 2019
Due to manpower issues, the following trips on the R line have been canceled:


https://www.thedenverchannel.com/new...and-bus-routes



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That means RTD has to offer higher wages, in order to attract more qualified candidates. They are finding more attractive employment elsewhere.
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