Class of Spring 2016: Mayra

Mayra Gonzales
My Transit Passion: First and Last Mile Improvement
Home City: Denver (Far Northeast Denver in the Montbello neighborhood)
Work City: Denver, as a community organizer in Montbello

Action Plan: Connecting Montbello to the CU A-Line

What it’s about: With the closure of the Montbello Park and Ride (Peoria and Albrook) and the opening of the Peoria Station (Peoria and Smith Road), community riders have been forced to find alternative first and last mile connections to their daily commutes. The demand in connectivity provides an opportunity to expand and create pedestrian/bike routes along the Peoria corridor to connect the Montbello community to the new RTD station.

What it’s really about: Connectivity to opportunities, resources and the City

Why I applied for the Academy: I applied after having worked with RTD on transit changes in the Montbello neighborhood. I wanted to learn more about regional transportation and how everything from our daily commutes to housing is affected by transportation. I also wanted to make sense of the redevelopment taking place in Denver and learn of opportunities and challenges communities like mine are facing.

Big Takeaway from the Academy: Everything is interconnected and multi-layered. Development does not happen overnight and markets and technology are ever evolving, pushing for innovative ideas. We typically only think of transit as involving personal vehicles and public transportation but we forget of pedestrians and cyclists and are unaware of the extent of the shared economy and how it can benefit us.

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