Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Denver RTD rescinds scheduled LRT, bus service reductions

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Denver’s Regional Transportation District has moved to rescind a planned cutback of bus and light rail service originally scheduled to take effect in January, as part of a cost-cutting move. RTD’s Board of Directors had directed staff to come up with service reductions to help balance the agency's budget.

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But RTD has since discovered it would receive an unanticipated $23 million in sales-tax proceeds during the next two years because of a change in state law relating to tax collections. Colorado legislators passed a measure earlier this year that eliminated a 3.3% "vendor's allowance" that businesses had been able to deduct from their tax obligation for the timely remittance of sales and use taxes.