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Discounts for low-income riders imperative for RTD - Denver Post Editorial Board

March 10, 2018  |  Denver Post Editorial Board  |  Link to article

"We don’t envy the complicated task ahead of the Regional Transportation District board as it sets out to consider proposed fare increases necessary to adequately fund the system in concert with a push to create a new discount for low-income riders...

We’re glad that the RTD board put together a thorough working group that recently came up with recommendations for the district’s pass programs, and that the working group’s conclusion put an emphasis on creating a discount system for those living in poverty or just above the poverty level...

Given the discounts already available to so many, we’d like to see the RTD board make it a priority to offer a discount pass for the lowest income users in the city.

The question for the RTD board now is how to pay for any new discounts especially when fare increases may be necessary even without an expensive new discount that may not even attract new riders. The board should dig deep in the budget to fund additional discounts, holding out raising fares as an option of last resort."

This article originally published on March 5, 2018, from The Denver Post. It has been formatted for publication on Together Colorado's latest news page. 

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