Originally Posted by wong21fr
Depends on which areas you are talking about Bunt. The City of Denver is probably one tax increase, aka Boulder, away from having a pretty decent inter-city transit network that will be utilized by the wealthier people in Denver while there cars sit parked at their residences for the weekend trips to the mountains. But the suburbs are well and truly fucked, not to mention the massive turmoil they will experience from water shortages when those schmucks in Highlands Ranch discover what is meant by senior water rights. Which is too bad for the poor, who are going to end up enslaved to their car and very, very thirsty.
Yeah, but Denver is 20% of the metro population, 12% of the state population, and those numbers aren't climbing. (To say nothing of the fact that half of Denver's population is every bit as suburban as the suburbs.) And if we're comparing RTD vs. CDOT, those percentages are relevant.
But sure, obviously I think Denver can and should fund it's own little transit network. That's part of the playground - every playground needs rides. That system is also my bar napkin dream.
But if we're going to have great existential debates about car/transit parity, that's a whole different discussion, and not one transit can even remotely compete on in a state where 90%+ of the population doesn't have a prayer of ever really embracing auto-independence.