Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinApril 4, 20177min539

Relief for the always-crowded free 16th Street Mall shuttle service in downtown Denver is a main goal of an upcoming study of another free circulator route that city and Regional Transportation District officials think could be pulling more weight. The two entities are poised to approve an intergovernmental agreement that would call for the city to pay up to $1.5 million for the study, design and implementation of improvements to the Free MetroRide, which runs from Union Station to Civic Center Station on Broadway, Lincoln, 18th and 19th streets weekdays from 5 to 9 a.m. and 2:30 to 6:30 p.m.


Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinApril 3, 20175min416

The City of Boulder is many things to many people, sometimes largely depending on your personal, political views. Some view them as one of the more forward-thinking local governments, others call them the "People's Republic of Boulder." Well, a story in the Boulder Camera reported that since the city is running out of space to develop, it wants the county to butt out of its land use decisions. Seems one of those intergovernmental agreements ...


Will ToorWill ToorMarch 5, 20176min524

I am writing to refute Randall O’Toole’s recent guest opinion column claiming that there is no need for state funding for public transit. His opinion criticizes a recent report I authored for the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project showing that Colorado invests less than one cent per day per person of state funds in public transit, twenty times lower than the national average.


Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinFebruary 3, 201713min344

Kevin Flynn has written about ethics battles on city councils and other local governing bodies, now he's writing an almost-new code of ethics for the Denver City Council. The former longtime reporter, was elected in District 2, the southwestern part of Denver, in 2015. Several months after he took office, Flynn said a task force formed to review the city's ethics code needed a council representative and he asked to be appointed.


Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinJanuary 4, 20177min348

A refinancing plan for the remainder of two federal loans used to build the Denver Union Station project will pay off the loans early and allow the City and County of Denver to dissolve a revenue-raising authority, along with a drop in property taxes for some businesses in the area. The Denver City Council Finance and Governance Committee sent an ordinance to the full council that authorizes a loan agreement among Denver, Compass Bank, Compass Mortgage Corp. and U.S. Bank to allow the plan to move forward. It is scheduled for final consideration on Jan. 17, with the new loan agreement closing in early February, said Andrew Johnston, manager of financial development.