FWIW, when MMT was preparing their FY2011 budget they asked their Passenger Advisory Committee to rank possible service choices including adding Saturday service, adding Weekday evening service, adding Sunday service, and continuing FREX.
They ranked #1 add Saturday service, #2 continue FREX, #3 add evening service. Now the mayor wants to remove the bus riders' second choice for some unknown service upgrade?
Suddenly the mayor's intention during the budget process last fall to increase the city reserves becomes clear as those reserves are ploughed into public safety assets and infrastructure maintenance (which should be in the normal street maintenance list mostly paid with PPRTA revenues).
Great work Bodi! Good boy....
Railroad engineers have been cooking their lunch on their massive diesel engines for many years. They know exactly where to place the aluminum foil wrapped contents and how long they need to let it cook at given speeds!
Without the tax measure on the next ballot the city will lose all the bus routes it pays for (drivers are not city employees; RTA pays for about half the route hours so some service will survive), nearly all parks and recreation services (including community centers). Of the 1,800 city employees, 1,200 are providing public safety roles.
Fewer than 100 will be layed off from public safety without new taxes whereas hundreds more will be fired from other service departments.
Streets will be repaired from PPRTA funds if the city can afford to retain engineers and project managers to work with PPRTA for the projects voters approved in 2004.
I learned this from attending public meetings and the city website. Take time to be informed about the downside of TABOR and take civic action.
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