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.