Change isn’t always a good thing, as RTD staff discovered during the last meeting in a week of public meetings to discuss service changes to be implemented Aug. 18.
Bus riders turned out at the Clements Community Center in Lakewood on June 17 to say they wanted their routes to return to how they were before the W Rail line opened up causing a wave of changes to bus route schedules and times.
No decisions were made during this, or any of the week’s, meetings, but it was instead a chance for RTD to get a sense of what people would like to see.
Senior lead service planner Robert Rynerson was on hand, as were several members of the RTD Board of Directors — Jeff Walker (District D), Natalie Menten (District M) and Bruce Daly (District N).
“The official reason for the meeting is to discuss the proposed changes for August, and we have a very diverse list of changes on the list,” Rynerson said. “We know that people want some of these services back, and we’re going to do what we can, but not everything can go back.”
While the lines people spoke about were diverse, most were there to about lines affected by the W Rail opening, particularly the 16X, 17X, 87X and 100X.
“I’ve been commuting downtown on the 100 for 30 years, and it always worked really well,” said Lakewood resident Becky Edwards.
“With these services changes, there are more transfers to be made and it takes more time. While I am glad to hear that the 100 will be coming back, I’d like it to come back to the way it was.”
Florence Miles, a Lakewood resident, spoke about the difficulties of the AF line (which goes to Denver International Airport), and the need for a direct route from the Federal Center to the airport, without the stop in Denver.
“Now you have to get out at Union Station and make sure to catch the bus, and it’s more of a hassle,” she said. “Before you were able to go to the Federal Center, get your luggage on the bus and be on your way.”
Menten, who has been working hard to make people’s voices heard in the wake of the W Rail, said that at the end of the process in August, not everyone is going to be happy, but people must understand the importance of compromise.
Feedback from the hearings will be summarized and reported to the RTD Board of Directors at the regularly scheduled monthly June Board meeting, when final approval for the service changes will be requested.
To see the proposed changes visit RTD’s web site at www.rtd-denver.com/servicechanges-august2013.shtml.