News on the N-Line, RSVP to a transportation roundtable August 6, and more      — read on!
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July 2019

The Smart Commuter

Attend August 6 Transportation RoundtableN-Line Testing News | Bike to Work Day Photos, and Video | RTD LiVE Low-Income Program coming July 25 | Chime in on CDOT's  "Your Transportation Plan" | An update on the I Drive I-25 Program | "Goodbye" to a colleague | and news to peruse — read on!
RSVP now to attend "Bumper to Bumper:  Solutions to our Growing Congestion" on August 6 from 11:30 - 1:00.  In partnership with ACED, Smart Commute's Executive Director and CDOT Commissioner Karen Stuart and an expert panel will address what is happening today in the world of transportation projects, and what to expect soon. 
Learn More or RSVP
An N-Line Update from RTD

RTD’s North Metro Rail Line (N-Line) from Denver Union Station to the Eastlake-124th Station continues to make steady progress toward completion in 2020. Crews have been testing trains on the system during the week, and occasionally on Saturdays, between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. In the coming weeks, testing will expand to include additional trains traveling in both directions at speeds up to 79 mph, so please be extra cautious near at-grade crossings.  Construction, systems and signal work is taking place all along the line.
As part of the testing process, crossing attendants will be standing by all at-grade crossings (Steele St., Thornton Pkwy., 100th, 112th, and 124th) as the train passes across the intersection. Train horns are required to sound at these at-grade intersections during testing of the N Line. Until quiet zones are established, the use of train horns and other safety measures are important to make drivers and pedestrians aware of the presence of trains.
Safety remains our top priority at all times. RTD and RRP would like to remind the public that prior to opening for revenue service, the entire project is an active construction zone. Please abide by all safety signage and do not attempt to view testing by accessing construction areas at stations and various locations along the tracks.
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Bike to Work Day has come and gone!  Check out photos from Northglenn's Breakfast Station, Longmont's Breakfast Station, and The Orchard Town Center Bike Party on Facebook!
Our two slowest racers go head-to-head in a winner-take-all challenge in this video!  (For a more typical race, see this second video of Harry vs. Catherine).
Work on the North I-25 Express Lanes Project (120th Avenue to Northwest Parkway/E-470) is ramping up this summer as crews perform paving operations and overhead sign installation. This work will require major impacts to the highway, including nine nights of full closures starting July 16. Work will take place Sundays through Thursdays from 9:30 pm-5:30 am. The closures will be in a single direction of I-25 for up to 2 miles. Motorists will detour around these closures using Huron Street to the west of the highway and Washington Street to the east.

To receive up-to-date information regarding full closures, please subscribe to receive email updates by emailing or visit the project website at
Read the Closure Flyer
As we mentioned last month, this summer, CDOT is bringing planning efforts together to create "Your Transportation Plan" that identifies a 10-year strategic pipeline of projects, inclusive of all modes, informed both by a data-driven needs assessment and public and stakeholder input.
Weigh In on Your Transportation Plan
Starting July 29, RTD will be easier to afford for community members whose household income is at or below 185% of the national poverty level.  RTD's LiVE Program is a new, income-based fare discount program that provides a 40 percent discount to qualifying riders.  

“The LiVE Program brings discounted fares to more riders who qualify,” said RTD General Manager and CEO Dave Genova. “Until now, individuals had to work through some government agencies and nonprofit organizations to obtain an income-based discount. Now, they can apply directly through PEAK, the state’s public benefits application system, and receive a proof of eligibility card within weeks.”

All LiVE Program applications will be processed through PEAK. A link to the PEAK portal will be added to RTD’s LiVE Program webpage on July 29, when enrollment begins. Reference documents and a breakdown of LiVE Program fare products are available on the webpage. 

As a reminder, RTD's Youth Discount (6-19 years old) is 70% - making transit even more affordable to young riders.  

Visit the LiVE Website
All of us at Smart Commute would like to wish a fond "Farewell" to Audrey DeBarros, who is the Executive Director of our sister organization to the west, Commuting Solutions.  Happy Trails, Audrey!

The Commuting Solutions Board of Directors will be launching a search for a replacement and will be responsible for managing the application and interview process.  If you have any questions during this transition, or are interested in applying, please contact Kathleen Bracke, Chairperson, at

News to Peruse

Hundreds of RTD tickets bought through new Uber app feature in Denver (9News)
Can Waze, Google's Wayfinding company, Convince Commuters to Carpool Again? (CityLab)
Can you design a new "parklet" prototype?  This national competition will bring 5 finalists to Denver for Parking Day, September 20. (More via Spin blog)
Denver ranked #2 for "the metro regions with the most walkable urban real estate in the office, retail, and rental multifamily" (George Washington University School of Business)
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