Regional Transportation District Director for District B Barbara Deadwyler visited "First Take with Lando and Chavis" with a few updates on the local mass transit system, including the ubiquitous question of everyone waiting for "The Ride," "where's the bus?"

"Coming soon," Deadwyler replied.  "We're working on technology so that we can have real time information, so if something happens down the line, (riders) can put a call in and get the current information."  Deadwyler says that app should be in place by spring 2016.

It's been nearly 20 years since light rail service began in Denver.  RTD's senior manager of Public Information Pauletta Tonilas took "D" Line to KUVO studios to give listeners an update on RTD news.

"It's hard to believe it's been 20 years, but we'll be celebrating that milestone next month (on Oct. 7)," said Tonilas.  "We carry 25 million light rail trips per year, and think how packed our trains are every morning and every afternoon."

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In an occasional report to the community, RTD Director for District B Barbara Deadwyler visited "First Take with Lando and Chavis."  She updated progress on I-225 corridor and Peoria Crossing (pictured).

Union Station opens: "a rider experience"

May 13, 2014
George Peck / KUVO

Before it closed permanently over the weekend, Denver's Market Street Station was at capacity.  But the mass transit passenger load is still growing through downtown Denver.  Everything came together at the right time to build an entirely new transit hub at Union Station.  "We're trying to enhance the rider experience," said Phil Washington, general manager of the Regional Transportation District.  The new underground concourse was gleaming.

George Peck / KUVO

At the grand opening of the Union Station Transit Center in Denver, former mayor Federico Pena visited the live KUVO broadcast booth.  "Now we're seeing the results of the hard work of thousands of entrepreneurs, citizens and risk-takers who believe in the vision," said Pena, who served as mayor of Denver from 1983 to 1991.  He was elected on the slogan "Imagine a Great City."