RTD’s Civil Rights Division sends warm wishes
this holiday season from our family to yours.
U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, center, visited Denver in October to get a close-up view of RTD’s pioneering WIN program in action. Above, he poses with RTD Interim General Manager and CEO David Genova, DTP Project Director Aaron Epstein, DTP Board member Jim O’Leary and DTO General Manager Anne Herzenberg. Surrounding them are employees who are receiving training so they can operate new commuter rail trains along three Eagle P3 Project corridors.
U.S. Department of Transportation
Secretary Anthony Foxx visited Denver recently to get a close-up look at how
the Workforce Initiative Now (WIN) program really works. WIN is the pioneering
workforce development program founded by the Regional Transportation District (RTD)
in 2011 to answer a national demand for skilled workers needed in the
transportation and general construction industries.
During his Oct. 28 visit, Foxx met with
RTD senior managers, board members, a regional Federal Transportation
Administration official, program partners and WIN participants at RTD’s new commuter
rail maintenance facility. At the facility, workers will maintain trains that
will operate along four new commuter rail lines set to open in the Denver
region in 2016 and in 2018.
RTD Director Jeff Walker, who chairs
the RTD Board of Directors’ civil rights committee, and Director Paul Solano,
who is the committee’s vice chair, welcomed Foxx to Denver and delivered opening
remarks. RTD General Manager and CEO David Genova gave the secretary and other
dignitaries a FasTracks overview and moderated discussions about workforce
development, public-private partnerships and regional collaboration.
Denver Transit Partners,
Community College of Denver and Urban League of Metro Denver representatives briefed
Foxx on their experiences as founding partners, and WIN participants shared their
inspirational stories of working their way into meaningful transportation
careers thanks to the program.
WIN is increasingly drawing the attention of federal
policymakers and peer transit agencies that would like to learn from its
success. The program has served more than 1,350 individuals
through general career outreach and planning and has enrolled 613 Coloradans in
training opportunities designed to make them competitive employees who can rise
within the workforce.
New RTD fare policies take effect Jan. 1
Citizens gathered at RTD headquarters in Lower Downtown Denver earlier this year to provide input on proposed fare policy changes.
RTD will implement new fare policies on Jan. 1. The
new policies stem from a comprehensive fare study and an unprecedented public
engagement process that included more than two dozen public meetings across the
eight-county district to gather input from riders and stakeholder groups.
As a result,
RTD has streamlined its new fare “structure,” which will offer the public many
new features and benefits—including the ability to purchase a day pass to take
unlimited trips through the end of the service day for the price of a single
RTD will open five new transit lines next year.
It is an unprecedented
endeavor for any U.S. public transit agency, and RTD wanted to ensure its fare
structure matched its state-of-the-art transit technology
lines will include the University of Colorado A line to Denver International
Airport; the B Line to Westminster; and the G Line to Wheat Ridge and
Arvada—all commuter rail corridors built under the Eagle P3 Project.
RTD will also
debut the U.S. 36 Flatiron Flyer, the Denver area’s first bus rapid transit
(BRT) corridor, and the R Line, a new light rail corridor traversing Lone Tree,
Aurora and parts of Denver.
the new fare policies is a streamlined rail system with four zones: A, B, C and
Airport. All trips to and from DIA will cost a flat $9 on all bus and train
services. In addition, RTD will reclassify Express bus routes to Local or
Regional, which means some fares will go down.
Because of all of these
systemwide changes, RTD is urging riders to “know your fare” well in advance of
the Jan. 1 implementation. Passengers will find more information about exact
pricing and other fare details at www.rtd-denver.com/fares
or by calling RTD Customer Care at 303-299-6000.
Members of RTD’s senior leadership team met with the small and disadvantaged community in September.
RTD’s senior leadership team attended
the Disadvantaged and Small Business Enterprise Advisory Council (DBEAC) meeting
in September to share insights into how they support the agency’s Civil Rights
Assistant General Manager of Bus
Operations Bruce Abel welcomed members on behalf of Interim General Manager and
CEO David Genova, reiterating RTD’s ongoing support and commitment to the small
and disadvantaged business community.
The executives touched on bus and rail
operations, marketing, safety, information technology, government relations,
contracting, procurement and other areas vital to RTD’s continued success as a
public transit agency. Abel and other managers underscored that RTD will still
rely on small contractors in the future as FasTracks projects wind down and the
agency focus more on operations and maintenance.
Civil Rights Senior Manager Zamy Silva
explained how all of RTD’s departments collaborate with her division on a
day-to-day basis, working to build confidence and strengthen relationships with
companies that have helped turn RTD into one of the nation’s fastest-growing
and most modern public transit agencies.
“A lot of what the Civil Rights Division does intertwines
with every other department at RTD,” Silva said. “It takes this entire team—and
their teams—to ensure RTD continues to make a positive impact on the Colorado
economy as a whole.”
RTD’s ADA Manager Ed Neuberg talks to Teri Westerman of the Spoke N Motion Dance Company during a public outreach event on the Auraria Campus in downtown Denver.
Public outreach continues to be
an important aspect of the RTD Civil Rights Division’s everyday work.
On Sept. 30, faculty, staff,
students and others had the opportunity to talk one-on-one with RTD staff
during the Auraria Campus’s annual Disability Awareness Festival. Ed Neuberg,
manager of the RTD Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Office, answered questions,
handed out informational brochures and giveaways, and talked to people about
RTD’s efforts to comply with federal ADA requirements.
This year’s festival coincided
with the 25th anniversary of the ADA, the landmark civil rights legislation
that guides how local, state and federal agencies implement policies to benefit
citizens with disabilities.
Above is a married pair of commuter rail trains at Denver International Airport on a segment of the University of Colorado A Line, which will open on April 22.
The University of Colorado A Line to Denver International Airport
will open April 22. The highly anticipated CU A Line is one of three commuter
rail lines that RTD contractor Denver Transit Partners (DTP) is building under
the FasTracks transit expansion program.
After the new lines open, DTP
will operate and maintain all three—including the G Line to Wheat Ridge and
Arvada and the B Line to Westminster—for the next 30 years under a
concessionaire agreement with RTD.
CU purchased the naming rights
for the A Line for $5 million and will have the option of renewing a five-year
contract. Watch for more news about a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the
historic opening of the rail line next year, along with free rides, station
parties and other ceremonial events.
FasTracks transit expansion program continues to make progress, there will
opportunities for small businesses and prime contractors to bid on new
solicitations. Here are a few of the upcoming opportunities to work on RTD projects
over the coming months:
Proposal (RFP) No. 14FH050, issued March 27, 2015, seeks proposals from
qualified firms to renovate the RTD Civic Center Station. RTD has
specified a DBE goal of 26 percent and a WIN requirement of 15 percent. The
agency held a pre-proposal meeting on April 17, 2015. Please send written
proposals to RTD Contracts and Procurement, 1600 Blake St., Denver, CO 80202,
until 2 p.m., prevailing local time on Dec. 17, 2015. For more
15DM005, issued Nov. 5, 2015, seeks proposals
from qualified firms to provide security systems maintenance and
upgrades. RTD has specified an SBE goal of 10 percent. The agency
held a pre-proposal conference on Nov. 18, 2015. Please send written proposals to
RTD Contracts and Procurement, 1600 Blake St., Denver, CO 80202,
until 3 p.m., prevailing local time on Dec. 7, 2015. For more information:
Paratransit Eligibility Evaluations
15DH100, issued Nov. 9, 2015, seeks proposals from qualified firms to provide
functional/cognitive evaluations to determine Americans with Disabilities Act
(ADA) paratransit services eligibility. Please send written proposals to
RTD Contracts and Procurement, 1600 Blake St., Denver, CO 80202, until 2 p.m.,
prevailing local time on Dec. 18, 2015. For more information: Bob.email@example.com
Data Storage Array
Bid (IFB) No. 25DH101, issued Nov. 17, 2015, seeks bids from qualified firms to
provide a ONE Pure data storage array. Please send sealed bids to RTD Contracts
and Procurement, 1600 Blake St., Denver, CO 80202, until 2 p.m.,
prevailing local time, Dec. 17, 2015.
For more information: Ron.firstname.lastname@example.org
Data Storage Array
Proposal (RFP) No. 15DH105, issued Nov. 24, 2015, seeks proposals from
qualified firms to provide a hybrid data storage array. Please send written
proposals to RTD Contracts and Procurement, 1600 Blake St., Denver, CO 80202,
until 2 p.m., prevailing local time Dec. 22, 2015. For more information: Ron.email@example.com
Boundary Mapping Services
Proposal (RFP) No. 15DH107, issued Nov. 24, 2015, seeks proposals from qualified
firms to provide boundary mapping services. Please send written proposals
to RTD Contracts and Procurement, 1600 Blake St., Denver, CO 80202, until 3
p.m., prevailing local time Dec. 17, 2015. For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
solicitations include the provision of the Westminster Park-n-Ride painting
project and video production services. Get more
information about working with RTD
Getting in touch with RTD’s Small
Business Office (SBO) is easier than you might think. The SBO oversees the agency’s Disadvantaged
Business Enterprise (DBE) and Small Business Enterprise (SBE) program and works
to provide opportunities to small businesses interested in bidding on
construction, maintenance and other RTD projects. Stay connected by attending
the monthly DBEAC (Disadvantaged and Small Business Enterprise Advisory
Council) meeting or by calling 303-299-2111. You can also visit www.rtd-denver.com/DBESBE to check
an online calendar, RSVP to SBO events and sign up to receive email alerts
about opportunities, upcoming solicitations and events.