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  FasTracks - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
FasTracks is a 12-year, $4.7 billion light rail and diesel commuter rail project being built in the Denver, Colorado, area.
FasTracks will also feature a stop near the University of Colorado at Boulder and a connecting line through Aurora.
FasTracks is being funded with federal funds, private contributions, and a region-wide sales tax increase.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/FasTracks   (250 words)

 Environment Colorado   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
FasTracks would promote a more livable region by encouraging transit-oriented development (TOD), in which housing, retail and office uses are co-located in close proximity to mass-transit access.
FasTracks would give people more choices to avoid traffic by using transit, as well as reduce projected traffic growth when it is needed most, during rush-hour commutes.
FasTracks would strengthen the economy by establishing better connections between people and jobs and assuring shorter travel times, thus fostering a higher quality of life that would help retain and attract workers and businesses.
www.environmentcolorado.org /envcogrowth.asp?id2=11211&id3=DOgrowth   (1349 words)

 FasTracks   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
FasTracks was developed after an extensive study process involving thousands of citizens, business leaders and elected officials.
With nearly a million new people expected in the region in the next 20 years, the Denver Regional Council of Governments had developed MetroVision, the region's long-range plan for growth and development in the region, which includes a network of transit and road projects that create a vision for a balanced transportation plan.
FasTracks has three key goals: to provide more transportation choices to people in the region, to increase the share of rush hour commuters using transit, and to balance transit service with future regional growth.
www.us36tmo.org /fastracks.htm   (273 words)

 Alliance for Regional Stewardship E-News --March 2005
FasTracks will be the largest and fastest expansion of any transit system in the country and has tremendous potential for affordable housing, transit-oriented development and walkable communities in a continually growing metropolitan area.
From the outset, FasTracks was framed not just as a transit campaign, but as a catalyst to improve the economic development and quality of life for the entire seven county metro area.
FasTracks was the means to an end; thus it was viewed as transit pragmatism.
www.regionalstewardship.org /ARS_enews/May2005/Article2.php   (769 words)

 Environment Colorado   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Known as "FasTracks", this plan would build light rail and commuter rail throughout the region's major transportation corridors, and expand bus service for better suburb to suburb travel and connections to rail.
Unless voters approve the funding for FasTracks, there will be no funds to build any additional rail lines for the next twenty years, after construction of the Southeast corridor is completed.
In addition to population growth, the Denver region is impacted by its land consumption and development trends-current estimates show that the region is developing land at a rate two to three times its population growth.
www.environmentcolorado.org /envco.asp?id2=9396&id3=DO   (1121 words)

 Boulder Weekly | NewsandViews | LibertyBeat   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
FasTracks.org claims, "FasTracks will create thousands of jobs and generate hundreds of millions of dollars of new spending in the economy each year during the construction phase." That is simply a lie told to lure economic illiterates.
If FasTracks is really such a great idea, then riders will be willing to pay enough to fund it.
First, those who vote against the project cannot be said to be free riders, because they are voting against the imposition of the tax on everyone.
www.boulderweekly.com /archive/052704/libertybeat.html   (803 words)

 9news.com | News | Both sides voice their opinions on FasTracks   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
FasTracks opponents say the tax increase is too much to pay for a program they believe won't help traffic congestion, but proponents say population growth makes the project necessary.
FasTracks would add five new rail lines from downtown Denver to Golden, Arvada, Boulder, north Adams County and Denver International Airport.
If FasTracks passes in November it would take about 12 to 15 years to complete the project.
www.9news.com /acm_news.aspx?OSGNAME=KUSA&IKOBJECTID=b05b5115-0abe-421a-0186-2c87d3c94dd1&TEMPLATEID=0c76dce6-ac1f-02d8-0047-c589c01ca7bf   (347 words)

 CO Sprawl Action Center
FasTracks would forward plans for the completion of multi-modal, efficient mass transportation systems for the entire metro Denver region.
FasTracks provides new rail, bus and train alternatives and also maximizes the efficiency of the current bus network between the Central Business District and outlying areas as well as between suburbs.
FasTracks will create a cleaner, safer alternative to Denver's pattern of sprawling development, which promotes dependency on automobiles because of lack of other efficient transportation alternatives.
www.sprawlaction.org /halloffame/CFastracks.html   (788 words)

 Rocky Mountain News: Opinion   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
The FasTracks celebration has begun and virtually the entire civic establishment is streaming toward the party.
And yet we very much suspect that given the present and upcoming hype over FasTracks, an awful lot of people may go to the polls ready to approve a major tax hike in the belief that it is the answer to our transportation needs.
FasTracks isn't that plan - and that is why it deserves defeat.
rockymountainnews.com /drmn/opinion/article/0,1299,DRMN_38_3166589,00.html   (702 words)

 Governor Bill Owens
In four of the FasTrack corridors, there is no change in the vehicle operating speeds; only a one- mph increase in four other corridors; and a three-mph increase in one corridor.
FasTracks provides only a quarter of the funding for the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) construction on U.S. From DRCOG Review, page 7: "Funding for the complete construction of the BRT facility is not included in the FasTracks plan.
FasTracks relies on the state providing an additional $200 million for BRT, funds the state does not have.
www.colorado.gov /governor/press/september04/fastracks.html   (795 words)

 Metro Denver Voters Pass FasTracks – Regional Mass Transit Plan
FasTracks proposal is a 12-year comprehensive plan that will expand the entire metro Denver light rail system, adding six new lines and extending existing routes and expanding the regional bus network.
FasTracks will also create an average of 2,413 construction jobs and an additional, 799 indirect jobs during each year.
FasTracks is designed to provide choice and improve mobility for the metro Denver region.
www.metrodenver.org /NewsCenter   (427 words)

 DenverPost.com - Local Politics Archive   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
FasTracks, the massive transit expansion proposed by RTD, will lead to the clustering of metro Denver residents in dozens of "village centers" throughout the area and produce a larger-than-expected reduction in auto miles traveled, backers said Thursday.
FasTracks is the Regional Transportation District's $4.7 billion plan to build at least six new rail lines in the Denver area over the next 12 years.
In the past, Tancredo acknowledged that he was troubled by aspects of the transit expansion plan, but up to now he has not taken a formal position on the measure.
www.fortmorgantimes.com /Stories/0,1413,36~64~2468793,00.html   (476 words)

 FasTracks Plan   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
FasTracks is RTD's twelve-year comprehensive plan to build and operate high speed rail lines and expand and improve bus service and park-n-Rides throughout the region.
FasTracks will create thousands of new jobs and millions of dollars for the local economy.
FasTracks will cost $4.7B to construct over twelve years and will be funded by a combination of a region-wide sales tax, federal funds, and private contributions.
www.rtd-denver.com /fastracks   (467 words)

 FasTracks   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
FasTracks Yes!, the organization promoting the proposal, claims that by 2025, mass transit with be significantly faster than driving during peak rush-hour times.
In the document, it is estimated that FasTracks will reduce rush-hour traffic by just 1.4 percent and would cost the average taxpayer $2,000 over the life of the plan.
The Independence Institute proposes an alternative to FasTracks, which the group states would cost less and work better than the RTD proposal.
newmedia.colorado.edu /wwwboard/messages/2630.html   (471 words)

 Rocky Mountain News (Denver, CO): FASTRACKS SETTLING IN ALONGSIDE T-REX.(News)@ HighBeam Research
FasTracks is the Regional Transportation District's rail and bus expansion approved by voters last year.
T-REX is all that road and rail work on Interstates 25 and 225 that you've been navigating since mid-2001.
Still, a few FasTracks dollars are being spent in the T-REX corridor for smaller improvements that it just makes sense to do now.
www.highbeam.com /library/doc0.asp?DOCID=1G1:130205781&refid=ip_encyclopedia_hf   (202 words)

 UTU: News
Some of the FasTracks routes, notably the U.S. 36 and I-225 corridors, may need hundreds of millions of dollars in highway improvements to accompany the new rail lines, according to Colorado transportation officials.
Until recently, RTD officials acknowledged that their preference was to collaborate with CDOT in building transportation corridors throughout the metro area that blend highway expansion with rail transit where appropriate.
If a tax increase isn't approved for FasTracks, RTD will have only enough money to build one more rail line in the metro area over the next 20 years, said Liz Rao, the transit district's director of planning and development.
www.utu.org /worksite/detail_news.cfm?ArticleID=967   (787 words)

 City of Golden Colorado - Where the West Lives! - City News
The Governor and the state legislature have given citizens the ability to place an initiative on the ballot for additional funding for RTD to expand rail and bus transit.
Currently the FasTracks plan is being reviewed by the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) to verify the technical and financial soundness of the plan, as required by state law.
If FasTracks is approved, the RTD Board is expected to then refer the plan to voters.
www.ci.golden.co.us /News.asp?NewsID=61   (414 words)

 Taxpayers Against Congestion News: FasTracks ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
TAC was specifically formed to oppose the $9 billion "FasTracks" proposal that will saddle Denver with debt and take less than 0.5 percent of cars off the road.
FasTracks Yes expressed remorse for trying to sabotage opponents by fraudulently submitting a "no on FasTracks" statement for the voters' guide.
RTD and FasTracks Yes are clearly conspiring to suppress legitimate arguments against FasTracks.
taxpayersagainstcongestion.org /2004/09/fastracks-yes-apologizes-sort-of.html   (274 words)

 Colorado Daily News
FasTracks is a transportation plan to service the Denver metropolitan region with 119 miles of new light rail and commuter rail, more bus rapid transit, additional parking spaces at Park-n-Rides, and expansion of existing bus services.
According to the FasTracks organization it is estimated to cost $4.7 billion.
She, like others at the rally, believes that FasTracks is the solution to Denver's transportation problems.
www.coloradodaily.com /articles/2004/06/23/news/news03.txt   (601 words)

 Transit Alliance - Rail and Bus Expansion Plans   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
FasTracks incorporates transit elements of DRCOG’s MetroVision Plan.
On April 13, the Regional Transportation Committee, composed of representatives from the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), DRCOG and RTD, voted unanimously to approve the technologies and financing plan in FasTracks.
For more information on FasTracks and transit in the Denver region, please visit www.rtd-denver.com.
www.transitalliance.org /railandbus.htm   (184 words)

 ColoradoBiz Magazine   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Voters, who must approve or reject the FasTracks proposal in November, are being bombarded by arguments, pro and con.
Opponents counter that FasTracks is a massive waste of tax money that won’t truly ease traffic congestion or pollution, will be expensive to operate and will only redistribute rather than generate economic development.
FasTracks has tried to avoid the fate of the 1997 initiative by being less “trust us on the details.” Through the cooperation of RTD, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), local governments, business leaders and citizens, and more than 300 meetings, a detailed FasTracks proposal was created that calls for:
www.cobizmag.com /articles.cfm?article_id=254   (1211 words)

 U.S. 36 MCC and U.S. 36 TMO Supports FasTracks   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
FasTracks will contribute to the construction of 18 miles of Bus Rapid Transit along U.S. 36 from I-25 to the Table Mesa park-n-Ride in the City of Boulder and includes six stations.
FasTracks is a tremendous opportunity for the U.S. 36 Corridor, shaping development and stimulating the local economy.
FasTracks will carry 22% of peak hour trips for employees commuting to our corridor from throughout the RTD District.
www.ci.boulder.co.us /comm/pressrelease/2004/1014a.htm   (546 words)

 Boulder Chamber of Commerce - Boulder Chamber   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
FasTracks will enhance Boulder County ’s economy by retaining jobs and increasing productivity by cutting time lost due to congestion.
The FasTracks campaign highlights one business every week on their website which already has over 40,000 visitors with an average of approximately 450 visitors per day.
FasTracks endorsement forms can be faxed to Rebecca Barnes at 303.571.0161 or mailed to FasTracks Yes!, 1175 Osage St., Denver, CO 80204.
www.boulderchamber.com /chamber/press_fasttracks.htm   (502 words)

 9news.com | News | Gov. Owens comes out against FasTracks, Hickenlooper in favor   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
FasTracks is supported by other metro area cities and business leaders.
The governor suggests going back to the Legislature and coming up with a regional plan to expand highways and some transit lines.
But those who support FasTracks say it is carefully crafted and reflects years of regional planning and public input.
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 Mayor's Office - Press Release - Mayor Hickenlooper’s Statement On FasTracks   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
“FasTracks has not only united Republicans, Democrats and Independents, but it has brought together neighborhoods and local Chambers of Commerce, developers and the environmental community, and perhaps most telling — it has brought together the municipalities in the seven-county region.
And even if the critics are right — that highway speeds with FasTracks will stay roughly the same between now and 2025, despite an increase of a million people — than by their own admission FasTracks will be doing its job.
It is interesting to note that at the Mayors’ Institute on City Design, which the Mayor Hickenlooper is currently attending, the FasTracks plan is being heralded by urban design experts from around the country as a national model of forward-thinking, integrated transit planning.
www.denvergov.org /Mayor/1688press1501.asp   (345 words)

 colorado environmental coalition   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
FasTracks is the vision for an expanded rail and bus service in the Denver region.
While it is unfortunate that the economic downturn means that the FasTracks Vision Plan could not be fully built out as fast as previously projected, it is as important as ever to move ahead to expand rail and bus transit.
RTD has released a fiscally responsible FasTracks plan, which details what will be built given our difficult economic times and not what might be built if our economy drastically turns around.
www.ourcolorado.org /alerts/082103_alert_fastracks.htm   (525 words)

 Denver: FasTracks Plan Aims for Massive Transit Expansion
The FasTracks plan (see map, below) is the Regional Transportation District's $4.7 billion initiative to build at least six new rail lines (both LRT and regional rail) in the Denver area over the next 12 years.
FasTracks backers are citing statistics from the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) which project the growth of at least 31 small urban centers, each within one-half mile of a FasTracks rail station.
By 2025, with FasTracks, 22% of peakhour trips in the nine FasTracks corridors are expected to be made on transit - amounting to a significant number of vehicles taken off the crowded street and highway system...
www.lightrailnow.org /news/n_den_2004-01.htm   (1113 words)

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