Lawmakers To Denver’s Regional Transportation District (RTD): Shape Up Or We’ll Restructure You

Three state lawmakers delivered a stern message to the Regional Transportation District on Tuesday: Come to the legislature with ideas on how to improve its services, or lawmakers will intervene.

“People email us and they call us,” state Rep. Tracy Kraft-Tharp, D-Arvada, told the RTD board. “They are unhappy because they went to the bus station and their bus didn’t come. And they’re hearing that their service is being cut. And so if you don’t come to us with a solution, legislators will come up with the solution.”

“And you won’t like it,” added state Sen. Rachel Zenzinger, D-Arvada.

There’s a lack of willingness on the legislature’s part to make changes that could benefit RTD, Zenzinger warned.

“Conversely, there is a lot of conversation about just ending it all together,” she said.

To head off any proposals to restructure RTD, Kraft-Tharp, Zenzinger and fellow Democrat state Rep. Chris Hansen, D-Denver, said the board must proactively make its case to legislators.