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Old Posted May 21, 2019, 5:50 AM
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Forget national politics; who cares? State government is much more relevant.

State of Colorado had $821 million in discretionary funding this year. Gov Polis, like Hickenlooper, mitigated against some of the most liberal dreams (for now) to spread love around to many worthy causes. It includes $30.5 million for transportation. A proposal for adding $90 million to the existing $675 million rainy day fund was ignored.

Arizona had $1 billion in discretionary funding to allocate. $542 million went to their rainy day fund, bringing it up to $1 billion to fulfill the Governors campaign promise (which the legislature ignored previously). Education will get an increase of $136 million. $325 million will go for tax cuts. This goes to the Governors promise to make AZ more business/tax friendly. Easy, quick, simple.
Note: According to Wallet Hub Colorado currently has a lower tax burden at 8.15% to Arizona's 8.26%. With respect to corporate taxes Colorado and Arizona are currently 16th and 17th best according to the Tax Foundation. But AZ's unemployment tax is 13th lowest while Colorado's is 40th. Ouch!

Fortunately, Metro Phoenix has their own dedicated transportation funding. The new 8-lane, 22-mile South Mountain Freeway is opening later this year. They started expanding 10 miles of the L101/Pima Freeway in NE Phoenix-Scottsdale (that I use) from 8 to 10 lanes in March with completion scheduled for early 2021.
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Old Posted May 21, 2019, 5:02 PM
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RTD and Denver Transit Partners are installing updated positive train control (PTC) software. Some trains will need to sound their horns on the University of Colorado A Line and G Line from today through Wednesday night.
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I had to do some research. Point well taken though.

NPR says an additional million plus are now eligible to vote; how many have actually registered is unknown; how many of those that actually register will actually vote is anybody's guess.

In 2016 there were over 9.1 million voters when Trump won by a slim ~110,000. In 2018, 8.1 million voters turned out to elect Republican governor by 33,000.

On paper, it would appear this could make a difference. Therefor... it would be reasonable to move Florida to the 'tossup' column. Obviously 29 electoral votes would be Big. Thanks for the Hot Take.



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Financial obligations being satisfied is quite the curve ball. Back to the drawing board.
That "financial obligations" curve ball added by legislature during implementation of the voter passed bill, seems to be counterintuitive to the will of the voters and against the "spirit" of the amendment. As the amendment was written to remove obstacles for an ex-con to exercise ones constitutional right to have representation with taxation.

This change suspends this right to vote on representation until financial obligations are met, even if sentencing has been fullfilled. So what is to stop them from increasing court costs and fees with the unwritten intent of keeping ex-cons in debt for their crimes for years longer? Maybe they could keep them in debt for the remainder of their lifetime? It wouldn't be hard, considering their non-protected class status which means they will face a lifetime of legal discrimination when trying to get a job, negotiate fair pay (wage gap), find quality housing close to where they work (increased commuts and transportation expense). They may never be able to pay their way out of court issued debt to regain their constitutional right to vote.

This probably explains why only 1 million out of 3.5 million are thus far eligible to register to vote. When it was passed by the citizens, it was believed the language was clear that nearly all 3.5 million would be Immediately eligible to register to vote.
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Old Posted May 23, 2019, 2:17 AM
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RTD opened a light rail extension and nobody in this thread about Denver transportation even mentioned it, because y'all are too busy tilting at random windmills.
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Old Posted May 23, 2019, 5:49 AM
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RTD opened a light rail extension and nobody in this thread about Denver transportation even mentioned it, because y'all are too busy tilting at random windmills.
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There was some fairly big transit news this week that I haven't seen mentioned yet. Obviously the southeast rail expansion isn't 'news', but glad to see it's opening.

Item 1: 2.3-mile extension of RTD Southeast Rail Line opens Friday
https://kdvr.com/2019/05/17/2-3-mile...-opens-friday/
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Thanks for the update; didn't realize the 'time had come.'

Props to Lone Tree (and DougCo) for their buy-in which enabled RTD to win yet one more nice FTA grant while the opportunity still existed. Now if they could just figure a method, like stopping at every other station, to speed these choo choo's along quicker?
Admittedly it came and passed quickly and got lost in the rubble.
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Old Posted May 23, 2019, 10:52 AM
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RTD opened a light rail extension and nobody in this thread about Denver transportation even mentioned it, because y'all are too busy tilting at random windmills.
It didn't reach southeast enough for me to ride so I missed it.

And the other thread is talking about T2 again, might as well all be asking each other if Francisco Franko is still dead.
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Old Posted May 23, 2019, 3:06 PM
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I-25 traffic jams are shifting northern Colorado transit plans into high gear.
MAY 23, 2019 By Dan England - Colorado Sun
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Northern Colorado region is growing so fast that it’s almost another Denver, and we know how everyone loves I-25 in Denver.
In-depth but easy to read article about Bustang's success and I-25's expansion and future transportation.
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Old Posted May 23, 2019, 4:05 PM
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I-25 traffic jams are shifting northern Colorado transit plans into high gear.
MAY 23, 2019 By Dan England - Colorado Sun

In-depth but easy to read article about Bustang's success and I-25's expansion and future transportation.
They talk about light rail between Loveland and Denver, and its $1.8 billion price tag.

1.) Wouldn't commuter rail make so much more sense seeing the distance it would cover? Or is this like all of the Denver media talking about A, B and G lines as light rail, even though they are not?

2.) What is this $1.8 billion plan and where can one find it?
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Old Posted May 23, 2019, 4:31 PM
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They talk about light rail between Loveland and Denver, and its $1.8 billion price tag.

1.) Wouldn't commuter rail make so much more sense seeing the distance it would cover? Or is this like all of the Denver media talking about A, B and G lines as light rail, even though they are not?

2.) What is this $1.8 billion plan and where can one find it?
Yeah, I assume they'd use diesel powered commuter trains. I'm also assuming that the $1.8 billion is based on some per mile guestimate.

There's always interest from some corners in this type of option and I'd agree it would be nice. Presumably they will try to better define what would be needed along with a better guestimate of costs.
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RTD opened a light rail extension and nobody in this thread about Denver transportation even mentioned it, because y'all are too busy tilting at random windmills.
I didn't. I kept my streak of not taking photos for you alive.
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Not sure how the developer can get away with this. Here is the contract between Denver and Great Hall Partners:
http://denver.legistar.com/View.ashx...B-4ED8CF1F3592
Read section 5.1 on page 19 (page 34 of the pdf), particularly subsection 5.1.1.1.
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Old Posted May 24, 2019, 9:36 AM
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Not sure how the developer can get away with this. Here is the contract between Denver and Great Hall Partners:
http://denver.legistar.com/View.ashx...B-4ED8CF1F3592
Read section 5.1 on page 19 (page 34 of the pdf), particularly subsection 5.1.1.1.
Don't believe the headlines or a one-sided view of things. CBS broke the story and interviewed Mayor Hancock. Listening to Hanock's response puts a whole different spin on things.
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Old Posted May 24, 2019, 2:21 PM
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RTD opened a light rail extension and nobody in this thread about Denver transportation even mentioned it, because y'all are too busy tilting at random windmills.
Yawn. It was even more boring than the R Line opening. But great for those out of district Castle Rock bastards to drive in to the end of line and then hop on the train.
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Old Posted May 27, 2019, 8:34 AM
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ARTA to break ground this summer

https://theaurorahighlands.com/aerot...-on-the-table/
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This month, in an unassuming room on the fifth floor of the Aurora Municipal complex, a group of government leaders, attorneys and underwriters met over a lunch of gyros and Greek salad and finally put up money — $22.5 million to start — to back up all the chatter.

The Aerotropolis Regional Transportation Authority voted May 17 to issue bonds toward what will amount to $200 million in transportation improvements over the next dozen years — including new interchanges on E-470 and Interstate 70 and a major north-south thoroughfare to rival Peña Boulevard — in a vast swath of mostly vacant land south of DIA.
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The money is scheduled to drop into the authority’s account in June, and work on a new connection of yet-to-be-built 38th Avenue to E-470 will commence almost immediately thereafter.
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Adams County Commissioner Steve O’Dorisio is one of the authority’s five voting members. He said the authority is “fulfilling the vision of voters in 1988,” when the original annexation agreement was struck between Denver and Adams County.

“We have to make sure the development doesn’t just occur along Peña Boulevard, but in other parts of the aerotropolis as well,” O’Dorisio said. “This creates jobs, adds to the housing supply and provides new commercial corridors.”
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Old Posted May 27, 2019, 12:29 PM
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Yawn. It was even more boring than the R Line opening. But great for those out of district Castle Rock bastards to drive in to the end of line and then hop on the train.
It’s an extension into a field. Close enough to be useful for tech center commuting - which few will do, because it’s on the wrong side of the highway. And getting very, very far for a downtown slow-motion welcome-to-RTD-light-rail commute. 45 mph has never felt so slow. Traffic is going to have to get a lot worse before that makes sense. Which it will, but for now, I’m just not sure the purpose of the extensions, other than as yet another vanity play for yet another suburban government dreaming of a new downtown that can now claim a train of its own.
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Old Posted May 27, 2019, 12:38 PM
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Not sure how the developer can get away with this. Here is the contract between Denver and Great Hall Partners:
http://denver.legistar.com/View.ashx...B-4ED8CF1F3592
Read section 5.1 on page 19 (page 34 of the pdf), particularly subsection 5.1.1.1.
To answer your question, you need the Appendices as well.

This is the big news in town, not the light rail opening, I’d say.
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Old Posted May 28, 2019, 9:58 PM
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Nevada is #1; Arizona is #10; Colorado is #20; New Mexico is #30
Must be something about the Four Corners states (except Utah come in 2nd)?

Best States for transportation

U.S. News and World Report uses four categories to rate states: Commute Time; Public Transit Usage; Road Quality; Bridge Quality.
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Yeah, I assume they'd use diesel powered commuter trains. I'm also assuming that the $1.8 billion is based on some per mile guestimate.

There's always interest from some corners in this type of option and I'd agree it would be nice. Presumably they will try to better define what would be needed along with a better guestimate of costs.
Ask, and ye shall receive.

https://www.cpr.org/news/story/cdot-...eeds-to-happen


"The Colorado Department of Transportation announced Tuesday that it’s soliciting bids to study passenger rail service from Fort Collins to Trinidad.

CDOT and the Southwest Chief/Front Range Passenger Rail Commission, which the legislature created in 2017, say the study will explore different options to relieve congestion along the quickly growing Interstate 25 corridor.

“To meet the growing needs of our state, Colorado needs a robust, energy efficient, sustainable transportation system that incorporates different modes of travel and provides more choices for the movement of people and goods,” Shoshana Lew, CDOT’s executive director, said in a statement.

Any new system would be a massive undertaking, with coordination needed from local municipalities, freight railroads, existing transit services like Amtrak and RTD — and, of course, a lot of money. The study will explore possible routes, capital and operating costs, and other factors."
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https://www.cpr.org/news/story/cdot-...eeds-to-happen


"The Colorado Department of Transportation announced Tuesday that it’s soliciting bids to study passenger rail service from Fort Collins to Trinidad.

CDOT and the Southwest Chief/Front Range Passenger Rail Commission, which the legislature created in 2017, say the study will explore different options to relieve congestion along the quickly growing Interstate 25 corridor.

“To meet the growing needs of our state, Colorado needs a robust, energy efficient, sustainable transportation system that incorporates different modes of travel and provides more choices for the movement of people and goods,” Shoshana Lew, CDOT’s executive director, said in a statement.

Any new system would be a massive undertaking, with coordination needed from local municipalities, freight railroads, existing transit services like Amtrak and RTD — and, of course, a lot of money. The study will explore possible routes, capital and operating costs, and other factors."
Oh, this better be a good plan (although, no clue how they would go through Denver, seeing as Union Station is not a through station). I am ready to campaign for some rail, lol.
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