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The process will involve extensive multicultural outreach, said RTD officials. Photo – rtd-denver.com

The Regional Transportation District-Denver (RTD) will begin a system-wide study of its tariffs and tariff equity analysis this summer to ensure the agency is doing everything in its power to make its transportation services more accessible.

The process is expected to take at least 18 months. It will be a first for RTD and will include public participation for input from drivers, local executives and agency staff. The work will include extensive multicultural outreach involving culture-specific community organizations that support BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and Colored) communities, youth, seniors, people with disabilities, unhoused and veterans, as well as lesbian, gay and youthful people. bisexual, transgender and queer or questioning.

“I understand that the current tariff structure is a burden for many customers,” said Debra Johnson, general manager and chief executive officer of RTD, in a press release. “It puts those who use transit most at risk, a view that we have heard from the public for some time and that I have heard seriously since I took office in November.”

As RTD continues to steer the impact of the pandemic, the agency has received requests from various stakeholders to re-evaluate its tariff structure and develop pilot projects to make its services more affordable.