Policy & Advocacy

Transit Alliance has a long history of policy and advocacy work in the Denver Metro Region, and now across the state of Colorado. As Colorado’s pressing issues have evolved, so too has our advocacy. Below is a look at the initiatives Transit Alliance is highlighting in 2017. Scroll down to see a timeline of our policy and advocacy impacts.

Vision Zero

Transit Alliance is a proud member of the Vision Zero Coalition Steering Committee. The Vision Zero Coalition is a group of community organizations that formed in Denver in January 2016 to support the City and County of Denver’s adoption of Vision Zero and the goal of zero traffic fatalities or serious injuries.

In 2017, The Vision Zero Coalition is fighting for Safe Speeds for Denver

Better Broadway

In 2016, Transit Alliance supported the implementation of the Broadway bike lane study as a member of the Bikes on Broadway coalition of nonprofit organizations. After the successful roll-out of the bike lane, which resulted in the continuation of the study and future extension of the lane, we are expanding our focus to encompass upcoming improvements to Broadway and Lincoln as a mobility corridor. We are excited to support enhancements to the bus lane, which include giving buses 24-hour priority in the bus lane, stop consolidations that will make the 0 and 0L bus lines run faster, and innovative lane markings to help drivers better navigate the corridor.


We are calling on our Citizens’ Academy alumni, supporters, and friends to join our social media #itsabus campaign. See an article asking about the future of transportation? Someone asking how to get to an event? An illustration of a platoon of autonomous vehicles operating on a fixed route just like a bus? Retweet with #itsabus! We know the future of transit in this region is investments in frequent, reliable, and easy-to-use bus service. Join us in elevating the true star of our transportation system!

2017 White Papers, Letters, Public Comments

Check back frequently for Transit Alliance’s recent white papers, letters, and public comments.

Statement to Denver City Council in support of Federal Boulevard transit improvements

Letter to Westword (with members of the Better Broadway Coalition) supporting Broadway/Lincoln mobility corridor

Public Comments to the RTD Board regarding stop consolidation on Broadway/Lincoln, 6/27/17

Support of statewide multimodal transportation funding, 3/22/2017

History of Policy and Advocacy Impact

  • 2007-2017: Transit Alliance educates the public about land-use policy that supports walking, biking, and transit riders by leading the regional dialogue on the importance of placemaking and leveraging transit investments at its nationally-unique Citizens’ Academy, TOD Junkies, and Open Access educational programming
  • 2017: Co-leads the #BetterBroadway coalition to better mobility in a strategic Denver corridor; Executive Director Kathleen Osher appointed to RTD’s Pass Program Working Group working for regional solutions; Transit Alliance supports efforts to fund multimodal transportation statewide
  • 2016: Executive Director Kathleen Osher appointed to co-lead the Denver Moves: Transit Task Force; Transit Alliance graduates its 20th Citizens’ Academy cohort; Jarrett Walker keynotes the 7th Annual Transit Event, stressing the importance of improvements to bus service; Transit Alliance fights for safer streets as a steering committee member of the Vision Zero Coalition
  • 2013: Leads regional dialogue about construction defects and land use at transit stations; Transit Alliance educates the public about new development at Union Station
  • 2010: TEN TOE EXPRESS initiative increases transit ridership by creating teams of people that bike and walk to connect to transity
  • 2010: Transit Alliance appointed to the RTD Fiscal Sustainability Task Force. TA advocates for value capture at TOD, agency self-collection of sales tax to increase recovery rate, charging for parking, and selling naming rights
  • 2009: Forms the “Keep FasTracks on Track” campaign in support of a sales tax increase to complete FasTracks, collecting signatures throughout the region and hosting rallies in Westminster, Thornton, Boulder, and Aurora
  • 2009: Hosts Transportation Town Halls “Changing Direction” in Denver and Fort Collins, Colorado with U.S. Congresswoman Betsy Markey and James Corless, Executive Director, T4America advocating for increased funding for transit, biking, and walking.
  • 2008: Joins the Metro Mayors FasTracks Task Force to critically examine the FasTracks program, financially and programmatically; develop and evaluate equitable alternatives and options; and recommend an approach that maximizes equitable deliverables for the region
  • 2007: Advocates with Governor Ritter’s Transportation Finance and Implementation Blue Ribbon Panel to fund transportation beyond the “fix-it-first” or $500 million package and meaningfully fund transit, biking, and walking across the state
  • 2006: Hosts Jan Gehl with the Metro Denvero’s New POP Culture conference as part of advocacy for People Oriented Places along new rapid transit corridors
  • 2006: Rallies Transportation Management Associations in the metro region to promote transit, biking, and walking through a regional awareness and marketing campaign to get commuters out of their single occupant vehicles; Advocates for 10% for transit funding in Senate Bill 97-1
  • 2004: Transit Alliance is instrumental in the passage of FasTracks–at the time, the nation’s largest citizen-approved tax increase to support public transportation–by reaching an estimated 100,000 people with information on transit’s role and benefits.
  • 2002: Founds the Transit Alliance Action Fund, which built a coalition of 45 groups in support of legislation to allow voters in the RTD District to decide on funding for transit expansion
  • 2001-2003: Spearheads a 2001 poll of Denver metro area voters on transportation issues. Works with RTD Directors to form Citizens for FasTracks Success