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Facing Driver Shortage, Denver RTD Backs Off Proposed Service Reductions

Transit planners are rethinking a December proposal to eliminate and reduce transit service in response to a shortage of drivers in the Denver area.
March 10, 2020, 8am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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"RTD is backing away from some of the service cuts to bus and train lines that it first proposed late last year to deal with an ongoing labor shortage after hundreds of passengers showed up to a series of public meetings to sound off on the changes," reports John Aguilar.

Proposed cuts had included entire routes and weekend service, "including the elimination of six bus lines, shortening 19 other bus lines and service reductions in the R-Line, D-Line and H-Line light-rail corridors," according to Aguilar. Several potential service reductions are still on the table, including halving frequencies for the16th Street Mall shuttle and elimination of BroncosRide bus service, Colorado Rockies bus service, and BuffRide service to University of Colorado games.

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Published on Thursday, March 5, 2020 in The Denver Post
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