As an RTD Director, my objectives will be to:

1. Represent the Interests of District L
.  I will be a constant advocate for the interests of District L, working with all citizens and local leaders to promote smart transit, economic growth, sustainable development around transit stations, and choices in how we get around.  RTD District L covers a large and diverse area in Arvada, unincorporated Jefferson County,and southern Adams County. Through my service on Gold Line, Union Station, I-70 Mountain Corridor, and Front Range Commuter Rail committees, tireless work on the campaign for FasTracks in 2004, and participation in workshops on transit-oriented development, I have vigorously promoted public transit in the Denver region. 

2.  Work to Complete the FasTracks Project
.  With my understanding of infrastructure engineering, project management, and land use, I will work with colleagues on the RTD Board of Directors to finish the FasTracks project efficiently and cost-effectively. The Gold Line to Arvada/Wheat Ridge, the West Corridor to the Jefferson County Government Center, NW Rail, and bus rapid transit on US-36 all expand transportation options and are critical to the quality of life and economic health of District L. 

3.  Be Sensitive to the Transportation Needs of All People.
  I am sensitive to the transportation needs of all citizens, whether they drive, ride transit, bicycle, walk, or roll in wheelchairs or scooters. This sensitivity comes from seeing the struggles of working people during my childhood in the inner city of Omaha, Nebraska. Many residents of our transit district cannot drive for financial or age reasons and rely on public transportation to get to work, school, or health care. My eyesight has always been limited and I am sensitive to people who are unable to drive or do not like to drive at night. I frequently take RTD busses and light rail to events in downtown Denver. I am aware of the strengths and weaknesses of transit. Accessibility, affordability, and availability are keys to successful, people-oriented transit.

4. Promote Sustainability and Environmental Stewardship.
  My 30 years of work as an energy systems engineer have given me the tools to realistically evaluate ways to save on construction and operating costs by using sustainability practices. In 2006, I consulted with an RTD engineer who was writing RTD's sustainability policy and guidelines. In Spring 2009, I collaborated with several RTD Directors in drafting language requiring bidders on Public-Private Partnerships on the Gold Line and East Corridor to DIA to include options for use of renewable energy to power the electric trains. This Renewable Energy Amendment was passed unanimously by the RTD Board.  Benefits will include energy price stability, cleaner air, green jobs for Colorado, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.


Copyright 2018 Bob Wilson
July 27 More Testing, More  Pain. Very early on Friday, July 20 my wife, cat, and I were blasted awake by the sound of a train horn...Possibly this is simulating 15 minute service-I will let you know.  Testing will ramp up to as many as six trains every 15 to 30 minutes between 3:30 AM through 1:00 AM the following day, approximating the regular daily service schedule. The horns are the pain, the gain is this necessary step to our finally riding the train. The horns will go silent with Quiet Zones, soon after revenue service starts, when approved by the Feds.
April 2, 2018:  Welcome to the first edition of my newsletter.  I will keep supporters like you informed of developments in RTD District L.  Read the complete newsletter here.
Regional Equity

FasTracks has three components serving the north metro area: The N (North Metro) Line commuter rail, bus rapid transit on US 36, and Northwest Rail to Louisville, Boulder and Longmont. The northern part of the Regional Transportation District needs all three.  In fairness to the north area, focus should be on these projects rather than extending existing lines in the central and southern parts of RTD.

Construction of the N Line is well underway with a scheduled opening in 2020. I drove along the line last week and observed that all the N Line stations north of 72nd Avenue are nearing completion, or at least under construction.    Read more about the N Line and NW Rail Line.