RTD

Denver RTD’s new strategic plan, “Change, Challenge, and Connections,” covers four agency priorities: community value, customer excellence, employee ownership and financial success.

Transit Briefs: Denver RTD; Sound Transit; WMATA; WSP-USA

Denver Regional Transit District’s (RTD) Board of Directors has adopted a new five-year strategic plan. In addition, Sound Transit is teaming with the city of Seattle to address homelessness; Washington Area Metropolitan Transit Authority (WMATA) will redevelop the West Falls Church (Va.) Metro Station site; and WSP USA’s Tanya Adams and Ruben Landa have been elected to the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials’ (COMTO) National Board for the 2021-23 term.

Fitch: Five Transit Agencies on “Rating Watch Negative”

Fitch Ratings has placed the ratings of five large U.S. public transit agencies on “Rating Watch Negative.” Fitch said it “expects widespread and sharp declines in transit ridership and fare revenues to create significant near-term stress in the U.S. public transit sector with the [agencies] identified here at the greatest risk. Some transit agencies in major urban areas that have already been impacted by the pandemic are reporting ridership declines of as much as 70% to 90% amid efforts at social distancing, a widespread shift to telecommuting and shelter-in-place orders.”

Denver International Airport rail link inaugurated

The first phase of Denver’s Eagle PPP commuter rail project was completed on April 22, 2016, when Colorado Governor  John Hickenlooper, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and Denver Mayor   Michael Hancock inaugurated the 23.5-mile University of Colorado A Line from Union Station to Denver International Airport.