The view of Denver's historic Welton Street corridor these days is dominated by exploding development in the form of cranes.  One yet-to-be-developed plot is the parking lot at 29th and Welton.  Five Points Business District executive director Tracy Winchester joined "First Take with Lando and Chavis" to discuss plans for the location.

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."

Other highlights of the conversation:


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.