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Angie Rivera-Malpiede, Bonnie Ernest Archuleta, Julia Stewart and Eliot Tipton

Angie Rivera-Malpiede, Bonnie Ernest Archuleta, Julia Stewart and Eliot Tipton

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Angie Rivera-Malpiede


AGE
64
RESIDENCE
Denver (I’m a local and have lived right here my entire life)
HOMETOWN
Denver
PROFESSION
Government Director of Northeast Transportation Connections and Vice President of the Basis for Sustainable City Communities
EDUCATION
I studied Human Conduct Science at Metropolitan State College.
FAMILY
I’m a mom of two daughters and one grandbaby.
EXPERIENCE
I’ve 18 years of expertise working within the transportation group, 5 years as an RTD Director, and I’ve labored within the nonprofit sector my entire grownup life.
WEBSITE
angie4rtd.com
FACEBOOK
Angie4RTD
TWITTER
n/a

Why are you operating for workplace?
I’m operating for workplace as a result of transportation is a lot greater than getting from level A to level B. It’s actually about connecting our group to assets and enhancing our mobility in order that we will enhance our lives.

What three coverage points set you aside out of your opponent(s)?
1.) Reasonably priced fares: As a member of the Move Program Working Group for the final year-and-a-half, I’ve been advocating for the RTD Board to undertake and implement an reasonably priced move program for our group members who make lower than $20,400 per yr. I’ve additionally been advocating to extend the youth low cost from 50 % to 70 % for anybody 19 and underneath, in addition to free fares for anybody 12 and beneath—region-wide, not tied to a tutorial calendar.

2.) Buses and trains that arrive on time: With a view to handle the present scarcity of bus drivers, we should focus our efforts to create new methods for recruitment and retention.

three.) Security for our transit system: We would like all members of our group to really feel protected in our buses and trains.

What are the most important areas of settlement between you and your opponent(s)?
I’m positive all of us agree that entry to public transit in addition to protected strolling and biking circumstances are very important to the well being of our group, particularly for many who can’t afford to personal a automotive.

Has RTD accomplished sufficient to enhance the area’s transit system? What ought to RTD be doing going ahead to maintain tempo with progress?
RTD has finished an incredible job for the previous 49 years, regardless of Denver’s document progress. FasTracks was a game-changer for the area. Now that RTD has grow to be a regional community, it’s time to look past and develop collaborations with our constituents in municipalities to offer native service and first/last-mile options.

What’s the stability in prioritizing service for low-income riders who haven’t any different choices vs. service for riders of selection to scale back visitors congestion?
Presently, all packages that handle transportation demand administration are geared towards white-collar, middle-income staff. Decrease-income riders pay full fare. For me, the stability is to equalize the enjoying area and present reasonably priced equal entry to everybody.

Denver just lately rolled out a plan to ramp up its efforts on bus and transit. What’s RTD’s position in working with the town on that?
The position of transportation has modified to incorporate car-sharing, strolling, biking, and different first/last-mile options. RTD must be on the desk and work in collaboration with the Metropolis to make a plan of motion that’s profitable for everybody in our group. It’s clear that we have to mix assets to serve the higher inhabitants.


Bonnie Ernest Archuleta has not returned the questionnaire.


Julia Stewart


AGE
44
RESIDENCE
Denver (four years)
HOMETOWN
I grew up in San Diego, however as an grownup have lived in lots of locations, together with Portland, OR, Minneapolis, and Los Angeles.
PROFESSION
VP of Inner Assets for The Gathering Place
EDUCATION
B.A. in Humanities from Brigham Younger College; B.S. in Accounting from Metropolitan State College (St. Paul, MN). I additionally accomplished all coursework for a Grasp’s in Artwork Historical past at Syracuse College.
FAMILY
Married, no youngsters.
EXPERIENCE
I’ve 15 years of expertise working for labor unions in numerous capacities, together with labor union government, consultant, and organizer. I negotiated many union contracts, represented staff in grievance proceedings and disciplinary issues, and labored to carry administration accountable to stay as much as the agreements reached via collective bargaining. I helped to arrange collective actions to protest injustices, win enhancements, and struggle for dignity and respect for staff. Throughout this time, I additionally gained vital expertise analyzing monetary statements of huge, multi-million greenback corporations. For the previous 4 years, I’ve labored as Vice President of Inner Assets for The Gathering Place, a Denver-area nonprofit that gives essential providers to ladies and transgender people experiencing poverty. I handle the group’s $2.5 million finances and direct human assets and operations for the group.
WEBSITE
juliaforrtd.com
FACEBOOK
JuliaForRTD
TWITTER
n/a

Why are you operating for workplace?
I’m operating for the RTD Board as a result of I consider entry to high-quality, reasonably priced public transportation is among the most essential social justice points our area faces, and is an important component of making certain our communities are equitable, inclusive, and sustainable.

Speedy inhabitants progress within the Denver metro space has made the issues with our present public transportation system extra seen, and made addressing them extra pressing. Carried out properly, public transit will increase entry to good jobs, good faculties, and reasonably priced housing whereas additionally defending our surroundings and our high quality of life. However RTD service is unreliable and costly, and RTD is dropping riders as an alternative of gaining them.

My experiences as an advocate for working individuals, as a nonprofit government, as a transit rider, and as a graduate of the Transit Alliance Citizen’s Academy, have given me a robust understanding of the RTD system, and the talents essential to be an efficient advocate for a people-centered strategy to public transportation that may assist create alternative and shield our high quality of life.

What three coverage points set you aside out of your opponent(s)?
1. I oppose growing common fares whereas RTD is dropping riders and chopping service.

2. I need to see RTD function a world-class transit system that’s straightforward to make use of and attracts riders throughout ages, revenue ranges, and talents; not only a system that gives transit for many who haven’t any different choices.

three. I consider RTD ought to play a higher position in facilitating the event of reasonably priced housing alongside transit corridors.


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What are the most important areas of settlement between you and your opponent(s)?
Most of us seem to agree that RTD ought to present decreased fares to youth and low-income people. We additionally appear to share an understanding that RTD must do a greater job attracting and retaining drivers and mechanics; however, the RTD staff’ union (ATU 1001) has endorsed me as a result of my expertise has ready me to be the simplest advocate for improved working circumstances for workers.

Has RTD executed sufficient to enhance the area’s transit system? What ought to RTD be doing going ahead to maintain tempo with progress?
Sadly, the sluggish build-out of the FasTracks system has been paired with cuts within the supporting community of bus service, leading to a system that more and more is assembly the wants of fewer potential riders. RTD must be including extra frequent service on its bus community in order that journeys are quicker and extra environment friendly, even when a switch is required. Whereas RTD offers an essential regional service, it ought to initially focus enhancements to service and frequency within the areas the place it has the potential to draw probably the most riders and profit the best variety of individuals.

What’s the stability in prioritizing service for low-income riders who haven’t any different choices vs. service for riders of selection to scale back visitors congestion?
These two objectives aren’t in opposition. Improved service advantages riders no matter revenue. The actual hazard is that RTD service turns into so dangerous that it can’t appeal to riders with different choices, leaving solely those that haven’t any different choices caught with a horrible service. This may undermine RTD’s duty to offer a service that promotes public well being, protects our surroundings, and strengthens our financial system.

Denver lately rolled out a plan to ramp up its efforts on bus and transit. What’s RTD’s position in working with the town on that?
RTD must be working intently with Denver and different native governments in its district to determine ways in which RTD can present improved service that higher meets the precise wants in every group. RTD has the infrastructure and experience to offer elevated service in Denver and must be working more durable to associate with Denver in enhancing transit serve, quite than leaving Denver to reinvent the wheel and construct its personal transit system.


Eliot Tipton


AGE
31
RESIDENCE
Denver (23 years)
HOMETOWN
Denver
PROFESSION
Worker data administration
EDUCATION
Colorado State College
FAMILY
Single, no siblings or youngsters, each mother and father Denver residents
EXPERIENCE
Two years in transit-related group outreach, together with a WalkDenver mobility undertaking within the Park Hill neighborhood. Attended Rail-Volution 2017.
WEBSITE
n/a
FACEBOOK
TiptonForRTD
TWITTER
n/a

Why are you operating for workplace?
As a former Chicago resident, I’ve skilled the advantages of a dependable and thorough transit community, which may make one’s life far more environment friendly and much less nerve-racking. Not having to fret about parking and visitors is a large aid – to not point out, utilizing transit is more healthy than driving and reduces unfavorable environmental impression. Presently, the Denver metro space continues to be largely car-reliant. We’ve got an excellent transit system that must be extra refined and utilized.

What three coverage points set you aside out of your opponent(s)?
I need to give attention to enhancing RTD service on Federal Blvd – particularly, making certain that bus stops are safer and handicap-accessible, and exploring bus speedy transit (BRT) choices on Federal.

Secondly, I need to encourage extra transit-oriented improvement and enhance entry to low-profile transit stops such because the 40th/Colorado station on the A line and the Knox and Perry stations on the W line.

Lastly, I’m very dedicated to ending FasTracks. It’s paramount that the G line opens this yr and that the N line stays on schedule to open in 2020. My district consists of the southern terminal of each these strains at Union Station, and rail service between downtown and the northern metro space is lengthy overdue.

What are the most important areas of settlement between you and your opponent(s)?
My opponents and I agree that youth and low-income residents who depend on public transportation have to be made a excessive precedence. The RTD board just lately proposed a 70% low cost for youth riders and a 40% low cost for low-income riders. We additionally agree that extra dialogue relating to the affordability of cross packages, like EcoPass and School Cross, to companies (who voluntarily purchase passes for his or her staff) and to people is important to extend ridership and RTD income.

Has RTD accomplished sufficient to enhance the area’s transit system? What ought to RTD be doing going ahead to maintain tempo with progress?
The development of the G line was completed in 2016, but it’s nonetheless not open to the general public. To maintain tempo with progress, RTD should reduce the delays in opening the brand new FasTracks rail strains, improve the frequency of bus/rail service when and the place potential, and improve last-mile connections to rail and BRT.

What’s the stability in prioritizing service for low-income riders who haven’t any different choices vs. service for riders of selection to scale back visitors congestion?
Whereas I definitely encourage being a rider of selection (I’m one myself), precedence has to go to low-income riders who depend upon public transit. Nevertheless, selection ridership is essential for income and might be elevated by public outreach efforts to teach individuals on the well being and environmental advantages of public transportation. I’ve spoken to riders who requested modifications reminiscent of including categorical trains throughout peak hours, particularly on the E line. Creating extra packages or playing cards that folks buy which are priced to extend ridership was one other suggestion. I’ve been to different cities – Portland, Seattle, Chicago, and even Vail – the place real-time arrival info is accessible at transit stops. Though the Flatiron Flyer bus stops have shade shows displaying each arrival occasions and real-time countdown info, having this function all through RTD’s service space would improve the rider’s expertise.

Denver just lately rolled out a plan to ramp up its efforts on bus and transit. What’s RTD’s position in working with the town on that?
Denver’s plan revolves round creating transit-oriented developments that may make transit corridors extra engaging, extra accessible, and instill a way of place and group. RTD’s position is to make sure that bus/practice service to those developments is frequent, dependable, and has clear arrival info – real-time if attainable. As well as, RTD ought to supply group outreach occasions targeted on educating the general public and selling common transit ridership to be able to maximize utilization of those TODs.