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2012—2013 Transportation Initiatives
During 2012, transportation funding has dominated Metro Mayors Caucus discussions. Although identifying funding to ensure FasTracks buildout has remained a priority concern, a broader discussion of multi-modal funding has has come to the forefront during the last half of the year and promises to occupy much of 2013. The discussion is focused on a multi-tiered approach to funding statewide (MPACT64) and regional (MTD) mobility needs. 

MPACT64 - this group is a collaboration among four regional organizations covering all 64 counties in Colorado. The Metro Mayors Caucus, Progressive 15, Action 22, and Club 20 began working together on transportation issues in 2005 with the development and adoption of the Colorado Transportation Principles. Earlier in 2012 these principles were updated and readopted by MPACT64 (link below). The group then began working to find consensus strategies to increase transportation funding for all of Colorado. MPACT64 drafted a set of funding priorities and revenue strategies (see MPACT64 Draft Recommendations below). MPACT64 continues to grow and the discussion among those participating is currently centered on the viability of a sales tax for transportation. MPACVT64 has developed a PowerPoint presentation to illustrate the problem and the current state of the discussion. That PowerPoint can be viewed here: MPACT64 Presentation.

MTD  - Simultaneous discussions are taking place in the Denver metro region about regional funding strategies to supplement increased statewide funding via a Metropolitan Transportation District. A MMC and Metro Area County Commissioners (MACC) subcommittee is meeting to define potential MTD governance options for a regional mobility funding mechanism. The meetings are ongoing and a straw man proposal for governance circulated among local governments in the region for comment. 

For agendas and meetings notes after April 1, 2013, click on the Meetings menu item above.

FasTracks Task Force Meeting Notes
10/24/12 FTTF Meeting Record
3/5/13 FTTF Meeting Record


MPACT64

Transportation is a Fundamental Issue for the MMC
The Caucus has been adamant in it's position that transportation solutions for metro area mobility must be multi-modal in nature. To this end, the Caucus has supported buildout of the Southwest and Southeast Light Rail Corridors and more recently, unanimously supported passage of the FasTracks ballot issue in November of 2004. To learn more about the Regional Transportation District's FasTracks plan, visit their website at www.rtd-denver.com

The statement of the Caucus on the then proposed FasTracks ballot initiative demonstrates the reasons the mayors support transit in the region so strongly.



The Metro Mayors Caucus has repeatedly identified establishment of a multi-modal transportation system (comprehensive rail and bus transit as well as highways) as essential to the future economic health and quality of life in the Denver metro area. The Caucus, a voluntary organization made up of 40 municipalities in the Denver metropolitan region, has adopted numerous position statements to educate the public and other elected officials about the need for such a multi-modal transportation system: 

Build-out of a rail and bus transit network is a critical component of Metro Vision, the Denver region’s long-range plan for growth and development. After a comprehensive and collaborative planning process, rail and bus transit projects have been recommended in key transportation corridors. These projects include the West, East, Gold Line (I-70 West), I-225, North Metro, US36, SH119, Southwest and Southeast corridors.

RTD has adopted a transit vision plan called FasTracks, which will build out the region’s multi-modal transportation system as envisioned in Metro Vision. The Caucus commends the Board of Directors and the staff of the RTD for their thoroughness in anticipating the need for a comprehensive, regional public transportation system, and for their foresight in preparing and adopting the unified program of projects in the FasTracks plan. In 2004 the voters within the RTD district approved a .4% sales tax increase to fund the FasTracks plan. RTD has pursued completiion of the plan depite the significant downturn in the Colorado, National and global economies. Work on every corridor continues through environmental analysies and environmental impact statements as well as preliminary design. Construction of the West Corridor is underway and RTD has entered into a Public/Private Partnership for design, construction and operation of the East Corridor and the Gold Line in 2010. Most recently, RTD has awarded a design/build contract for the completion of the I-225 Corridor.

The Caucus works directly with RTD through the MMC FasTracks Task Force to find solutions for the funding shortfall resulting from the economic downturn and construction cost escalation, and has adopted a set of recommendations for RTD which were presented in March of 2009, and have been updated 3 times since.

The Caucus supports full implementation of FasTracks and is committed to public education and coalition-building in support of that goal. The Caucus encourages member elected officials to make development of, education on, and successful completion of FasTracks the highest priority for their municipalities.