RTD Opens Inaccessible R Line, Ignores the Working Class

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 24, 2017

Contact: Lupita Carrasquillo, (773) 956-9596

lupita@coloradopeopleslliance.org

RTD Opens Inaccessible R Line, Ignores the Working Class

AURORA, CO-  Despite the struggle for low income communities to afford transportation to and from work, RTD chooses to spend Colorado tax dollars on beautification projects like the 30 million dollar beautification project in central Denver and ignore those communities. When presented the solution of creating an Income Based Pass that would reduce the cost of transit for people with low incomes, RTD instead suggested the community and nonprofit organizations fundraise the money.  The Income Based Pass Project would have been a fraction of the cost of the beautification project coming in at 11 million dollars. RTD is a public service and it is their responsibility to ensure that their service is available to all residents.

We believe RTD has ignored the needs of our community and prioritized projects that attract tourists instead of serving the very people whose tax dollars make any RTD project a possibility.

Today Colorado People’s Alliance (COPA) disrupted the Opening Ceremony for the R Line at the Iliff Station. As the program began, COPA leaders and allies interrupted with a song calling for accessible transportation. Shortly after the group began to sing, they were escorted out from the ceremony and the program continued with RTD praising themselves for the new addition to the existing train system, an addition that regardless of location remains inaccessible to our community because of its high cost.

COPA has been engaged in the fight for more accessible and affordable public transportation for our communities that depend on our transit system for their everyday lives. We call on RTD to wisely utilize our resources to create transportation that is accessible to all, especially those who need it most. We call on RTD to ensure that working class people are served, represented, and prioritized instead of corporate interests which currently shape our communities.

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Colorado People’s Alliance (COPA) is a racial justice, member-driven organization dedicated to advancing and winning progressive social change locally, statewide and nationally. COPA builds power to improve the lives of all Coloradans through leadership development, organizing and alliance building.

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