Transit Advocate Task Force (TATF)

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What is the Transit Advocate Task Force?

The Transit Advocate Task Force (TATF) is a group of advocates who attend transit themed meetings in the Denver Metropolitan Area; these TATF members then report on their meetings and those reports will be posted on the DRMAC website to provide updated information on projects, initiatives, and policies.

Our transit advocates on behalf of DRMAC:

  • Attend transit, disability and older adults events representing DRMAC 
  • Participate in task forces, work groups, committees  
  • Provide relevant issues to DRMAC
  • Advocate for transit and disability rights for older adults 
  • Attend resource fairs

To see what they have accomplished, check the posts below!

Transit Advocate Task Force Meeting Notes

Boulder LCC - July 13th, 2020

Location: Microsoft Teams Meeting (virtual) Introductions – 59 in attendance Meet every month 2:00pm-4:00pm Even months – Longmont Odd months – Boulder Mission – Overcome transportation gaps in the community …

Jeffco LCC - July 9, 2020

Members attended: 13 Two guest speakers: Julie with Re-imagine & Marjorie Sloan with RTD Running candidate for District M Board Member Reimagine-Julie RTDs point for Reimagine is to face the current challenges and future for RTD…

DRCOG Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) - June 22nd, 2020

After having two work sessions earlier this month, the TAC came to a consensus on the project solicitation and evaluation process for the 2050 Metro Vision Regional Transportation Plan (2050 MVRTP). The Policy Framework and Desired Outcomes,…

Clear Creek LCC - July 1st, 2020

First Wednesday of each month at 10:30 – virtual meeting – no driving required! Bring your local knowledge and meet with your neighbors. Contact kwilliams@drmac-co.org to be added to the mailing list and get an invitation to the meeting. Our…

Douglas County LCC - June 25th, 2020

Location: Microsoft Teams Virtual Meeting Intros & Updates (16 people in attendance) Bustang City of Lone Tree will become a part of their route Start date undetermined Working on app where you can buy Bustang…

RTD Board Meeting - June 23rd, 2020

Started at 5:30pm with all board members present. The first speaker said the union is very concerned about brothers and sisters catching COVID-19. Most people from the public spoke about the conditions and safety of their fellow workers at…

Transit Solutions Arapahoe County (TSAC) Meeting Report - June 18th, 2020

Andrea Suhaka lead the virtual TSAC meeting via Zoom on Thursday, June 18th, 2020. Twenty members were in attendance. Matthew Helfant, the DRCOG Senior Transportation Planner, & Lisa Houde kicked off the meeting by presenting DRCOG’s Coordinated…

TAC Work Sessions Summary - June 8th & 15th

DRCOG’s Technical Advisory Committee held 2 work sessions to further talk through and refine the proposed next steps for developing the 2050 MVRTP addressing project eligibility, solicitation, and evaluation. Revisions focused on two aspects:…

Denver County Local Coordinating Council - June 17th, 2020

Making transit safe and attractive for the youth in Sun Valley – Julia Wcislo, CDOT Potential subcommittees: Outreach to various community stakeholders to be involved in the process and expand to other neighborhoods throughout Denver …

INC Transportation Committee - June 11th, 2020

Virtual Meeting via Zoom 1. Temporary Outdoor Expansions for Restaurant and Bars - Andrew Iltis, Sr. Mgr. Transportation & Mobility, Downtown Denver Partnership CCD created a new Temporary Outdoor Expansion program for outdoor dining…

RTD Reimagine Technical Working Group Summary - June 10th, 2020

The Reimagine RTD Technical Working Group (TWG) met to continue providing guidance toward the development of a SOP to be implemented by RTD in the near-term and a Mobility Plan for RTD’s future. COVID 19 has greatly impacted RTD’s financial…

Community Active Living Coalition Meeting (CALC) - June 10th, 2020

Kayla Gilbert of DOTI hosted the virtual CALC meeting on Wednesday. There were 22 people present. There were three featured speakers who presented the projects they had accomplished using microgrant funds from DOTI. David Chen and Ratha Sok…

PCTC - June 8th, 2020

There was a continuation of May’s meeting with the discussion surrounding safety precautions among non emergency medical transportation personnel. Are the staff within this realm considered to be essential personnel, and if so, then does that…

Boulder LCC - June 8th, 2020

Location: Microsoft Teams Meeting (virtual) Introductions – 46 in attendance Meet every month 2:00pm-4:00pm Even months – Longmont Odd months – Boulder Mission – Overcome transportation gaps in the community …

Jeffco Local Coordinating Council - June 4th, 2020

Members that were present: Krystin Trustman, Jeanne Weis, David, Hank Braaksma, Jadwiga Brown, Michael Hughes, Ann Husker, Lindsey Alarcon. 1st Item: Where is everyone at and any updates in the last 3 months? David: No report- daily…

Clear Creek LCC - June 3rd, 2020

Location: Zoom meeting Introductions – 10 in attendance Prospector Looking into getting grant money and Cares Act dollars to continue running The Prospector Want to have service running again by July Spoke to county commissioners…

Reframing Aging during the time of COVID-19 workshop - May 27th, 2020

Changing The Narrative Colorado hosted a webinar on May 27th to highlight and discuss the issue of ageism and how it is relevant to the Covid-19 pandemic. Janine Vanderburg hosted this webinar and gave out valuable resources and information…

Strategic Action Plan Group on Aging (SAPGA) - May 26th, 2020

SAPGA had a rural transit providers virtual meeting today. The main topics were innovative ways to cope with potential future lack of funding; ways to make riders feel safe again; and what is working where. This group is made up of mobility…

Colorado Association of Transit Agencies (CASTA) - May 26th, 2020

The state transit collective met on a weekly virtual COVID 19 call this morning. Among the topics were safety shields for drivers – types of material, and how they stand up in a crash. The state’s new Medicaid program, IntelliRide, was also…

DRCOG Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) - May 15, 2020

The focus of much of the May TAC meeting was on next steps for developing the 2050 Metro Vision Regional Transportation Plan (MVRTP). DRCOG staff shared the proposed major project types/categories for the 2050 MVRTP Priority Investment Framework:…

Denver County Local Coordinating Council - May 20th, 2020

Zoom Meeting Moira Moon (CDOT) reviewed the proposed Action Plan for 2020, which includes making transit safe and attractive for the youth in Sun Valley through education, travel training, and identifying and resolving concerns related to…

RTD Reimagine Technical Working Group - May 13th, 2020

The Technical Working Group meeting included an overview of Reimagine RTD and the work completed so far. The impact of COVID 19 on RTD and the Reimagine process was part of the agenda, and RTD shared their response to COVID as well as some financial…

People Centered Transportation Committee (PCTC) - May 11th, 2020

PCTC Meeting Date: 5/11/2020 at 1:00pm-2:30pm Non-medical transportation companies are lacking in necessary supplies to establish and maintain safe working/driving conditions. Gloves, masks, and sanitizers are needed. Members of PCTC have…

Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) Board Meeting - May 8th, 2020

CDHS Board Meeting: Date: 5/8/2020 at 8:36am Board Members present: 9 Title of Rule: Disability Navigator for the Aid to the Needy Disabled - State Only ( And- SO) Program Vote: 2nd reading, and passed with a unanimous vote of 9. The…

Elected Officials Town Hall for Central/East Central/Southeast Denver – May 14th

The Electeds Town Hall meeting with representation from Central, East Central, and Southeast Denver focused on updates from each of the representatives and featured an update from Senator Chris Hansen on budget issues being addressed by legislators. Some…

RTD's ADA Advisory Committee Meeting - May 12th, 2020

Location: Meeting by phone Introductions – 17 in attendance APAC members RTD Contractors Public Comment None ACPD (Advisory Committee for People w/ Disabilities) Update by Dr. William Gross None -…

Boulder LCC - May 11th, 2020

5/11/2020 Boulder LCC Location: Microsoft Teams Meeting (virtual) Introductions – 42 in attendance Meet every month 2:00pm-4:00pm Even months – Longmont Odd months – Boulder Mission – Overcome transportation…

DRCOG Civic Advisory Group - May 5th, 2020

The Civic Advisory Group met to continue to provide community input for DRCOG’s Metro Vision Regional Transportation Plan 2050. Results from outcome scenarios modeled by DRCOG were shared with the greatest impact shown when combining “centers”…

Virtual press conference and webinar by Mayor Hancock - May 5, 2020

Denver’s Mayor, Michael Hancock, issued a press conference on May 5th at the city and county building of Denver, to give an update on his “Stay at home” order. With the progression being made, the Mayor feels confident in moving to phase…

Via's Monday Morning Cup - May 4th

Via discussed the transportation they have been providing in the Boulder area during quarantine. Via is currently delivering food from grocery stores, food shares, and farmers markets. They are also dropping off prescriptions from local stores…

Elected Officials Town Hall for Central/East Central/Southeast Denver – April 30th

The Electeds Town Hall meeting with representation from Central, East Central, and Southeast Denver focused on updates from each of the representatives and featured an update from Dr. Bill Burman with Denver Health. Some of the more notable…

DRCOG’s Technical Advisory Committee Meeting (TAC) - April 27th

Summary of DRCOG’s Technical Advisory Committee Meeting (TAC) Monday, April 27, 2020 The meeting was held virtually due to the stay at home order in place. Of significance was an amendment to the 2020-2023 Transportation Improvement…

HCPF Disability Community Webinar - April 24th

Julie Reiskin – Executive Director, CCDC CCDC will always fight to maintain Medicaid services, and has made recommendations to HCPF about not making cuts to Medicaid services for people with disabilities, use the budget  absolutely NOT…

Douglas County Transit Solutions (DCTS) - April 24th

The Town of Castle Rock will be further exploring 3 transit service options as part of the transit feasibility study. The recommendations went to Town Council earlier this week as part of a Council update. Here is a little summary from the presentation…

CPC & Care Management - April 21st

DRMAC presented to a group of nurses, physicians, pharmacists and administrative people at the Westminster Medical group. The health care professionals were all super aware of the connection between transportation and good health. As each person…

Rocky Mountain ADA Service Animals Training - April 21st

There are visible and invisible disabilities, ones you can see and ones such as mental health issues that you can't. However, there is a difference between a disability and an impairment. A disability constitutes something that hinders your…

Mile High Connects (MHC) - Governance Working Group - April 17th

April 17, 2020 2:00-4:30pm Objective: Provide clarity and advise steering committee on MHC’s fiscal sponsor process by developing criteria and implementing a selection process that ensures MHC can achieve community impact and adequately…

Ride Alliance Ride Hub meeting - April 17th

The Ride Alliance project is “owned” by DRCOG with funding from CDOT to design and implement a virtual hub to allow paratransit providers and alternative service providers in the greater Denver metro area to share rides. As an example, if…

TSAC (Transportation Solutions Arapahoe County) - April 16

The LCC met remotely hosted by The Arc of Arapahoe & Douglas Counties. TSAC will have an intern from Metro State University work with the LCC this summer on revising their strategic plan, exploring development of a website, and recruiting…

Denver County Local Coordinating Council - April 15

Denver County Local Coordinating Council met remotely hosted by DRMAC. Jyotsna Khattri, Community Engagement Specialist with RTD was introduced as the new chair of the LCC. Caleb Susuras, Community Resource Specialist with DRCOG gave a presentation…

The Community Active Living Coalition (CALC) meeting - April 8th

The Community Active Living Coalition held a meeting on April 8th. The meeting started with a brief discussion on how everyone is doing, and how the pandemic is affecting mobility in all forms. The guest speaker was Jessica Vargas from Denver…

Boulder LCC - April 13th

4/13/2020 Boulder LCC Location: Microsoft Teams Meeting (virtual) Introductions – 37 in attendance With intros we also spoke about how each of organizations have been affected by COVID-19 and what we’ve been doing to meet needs…

Broomfield LCC - April 10th

Attendance: Teague Kirkpatrick, Route Match, Sarah Grant, City/County of Broomfield (CCB), Marc Ambrosi, CCB, Lisa Bitzner, Via Mobility, Kate Williams, DRMAC/RTD, Bob Davis, Citizen Advocate Sarah will type up the minutes of the February…

CDOT Monthly Transit Providers meeting - April 9th

CDOT Monthly Transit Providers meeting The agenda was: Team CDOT-business office, audit, civil rights (CRBRC), procurement Office Special guest- Mallory Cyr, CO HCPF- NEMT Update All that, and a bag of chips- updates Dolores County… …

APAC Member Meeting - March 24th, 2020

Location: Meeting by phone Introductions APAC members RTD Contractors Public Comment Concerned about RTD’s position on denying 360 people in wheelchairs unlimited access to paratransit in the last 2 years. APAC…

DRCOG’s Technical Advisory Committee met on Tuesday, March 23.

Highlights included: *Discussion and approval of Eligibility Rules and Selection Process for the RTO&T Set-Aside. The Regional Transportation Operations & Technology (RTO&T) Set-Aside funds transportation technology improvements…

Colorado Department of Human Services March 6th, 2020

Adams’ County Diversity and Inclusion Division Diversity: The condition of having or being composed of differing elements, values, experiences, knowledge, and strengths, acknowledging each individual, and recognizing their individuality. AND Inclusivity: The…

RTD Board Meeting March 10th

There was committee meetings last night. First, communications committee, and customer service committee: Under communications committee there was robust discussion on reduction of services and canceling service. The light rail service…

Jeffco LCC meeting March 6th

Karin Jeffco HS: Karin from Jefferson County Human Services spoke about the plan with Age Friendly Community development and how the focus is on the 8 domains of livability. They are: Transportation, Housing, Health Services, Sociable Communities,…

Denver Streets Partnership Meeting

Denver Streets Partnership meeting Friday March 6 9am-10:30 am Downtown Denver Partnership, 1515 Arapahoe Street, Denver DSP meets monthly at a variety of locations. This month the agenda included a presentation by the Denver Police…

3rd Annual Lobby Day with The Women’s Foundation of Colorado

Women from all across the state of Colorado gathered at the Capitol on March 5th to introduce themselves to their legislators and to watch the House and Senate in action.   This day of education was hosted by The Women’s Foundation…

DRCOG Metro Vision Regional Transportation Plan Civic Advisory Group March 3, 2020

The Civic Advisory Group is convened by DRCOG as a form of public engagement to gather input for its Metro Vision Regional Transportation Plan 2050. This was the second meeting of the group. The first meeting was held December 2019. This group…

Technical Advisory Committee Feb. 24th 2020

DRCOG’s Technical Advisory Committee met on Tuesday, February 24. Highlights included: Approval of a one-time exception to the 2020-2023 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) Waiting Lists Protocol in order to leverage $9 million of…

DRMAC at the Capitol

On February 26, DRMAC Executive Director Kate Williams and DRMAC Government Liaison Malia Munson attended an exciting event hosted by Chris Hansen, Senator for Colorado’s House District 6. This event, called HD 6 Day, is held every year to…

Our TATF Members Are Being Heard

Colorado lawmakers hear from people with disabilities as RTD struggles to provide service.

Boulder Local Coordinating Council (LCC) - February 10th, 2020

Location: 515 Coffman Street, Longmont, CO 80501 (Room 112S) Introductions Meet every month 2:00pm-4:00pm Even months – Longmont Odd months – Boulder RTD Access a Ride (AaR) Discussion Certification process …

Jeffco Local Coordinating Council (LCC) - February 6, 2020

Location: Seniors’ Resource Center - 3227 Chase St., Wheat Ridge, CO (3rd Floor Conference Rm) Dawn will step down as Chair effective in March. Joe Lamars has said that he would like to replace her.  Currently no one else has volunteered,…

Strategic Action Plan Group on Aging (SAPGA) - February 2020

Outreach meeting at Aurora Center for Active Adults Topic: Community-Based Successes and Strengths: Denver Regional Mobility and Access Council – DRMAC o Creating an app that will be age-friendly (e.g., large font, user friendly) …

INC Transportation Committee – January 9, 2020

Topic 1 – RTD Board Perspective on Operator Shortage, General Manager Search, and Reimagine RTD – Jeff Walker, RTD Director (District D) Q & A Driver Operating Shortage Service changes every 4 months Reductions often happen…

Douglas Local Coordinating Council - January 23, 2020

Location: Douglas County Government building (100 S 3rd Street, Castle Rock) Intros & Updates (19 attended) Empower Health Partners (Natalie) Her business provides resources and services Bob Epstein Legislation…

ADA Paratransit Advisory Committee (APAC) - January 14, 2020

RTD-Civic Center Plaza, 1560 Broadway 19th Floor Conference Room What starts the 6 minute wait clock? - Shuttle arrives at pick-up point and driver presses “Arrive” on the MDC Driver Shortage Update - RTD continues to search…

SAPGA – Strategic Action Planning Group on Aging

  https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/agingstrategy The Colorado General Assembly and the Governor formed the Strategic Action Planning Group on Aging with passage and signage of House Bill 15-1033 in 2015 (key provisions, and fiscal…

Boulder Local Coordinating Council - January 13, 2020

Administrative Updates: Boulder County – changing county administrators. Mobility for All will now be under Community Planning & Permitting instead of Transportation Why the change? Continuity & oversight since…

Denver County Local Coordinating Council - December 18th, 2019

Speakers - Naomi Amohoaw-Goldneck from the American Heart Association shared about her participation with the Denver Streets Partnership.  Her focus is working on transit policy and establishing a working relationship with local City Council…

People Centered Transportation Committee (PCTC) - December 9th 2019

This was the second kickoff meeting, with the new structure and aims of PCTC. PCTC efforts are to improve Non-Emergent Medical Transportation.  In attendance, there were representatives of various community agencies, seeing how they can contribute…

Denver Commission for People With Disabilities - December 5, 2019

Krystin Trustman presented the DRMAC (Denver Regional Mobility Access Council) Getting There Guide, a transportation resource on transportation in the Denver Metro Area. The Guide is published annually in five languages. It lists different…

RTD Advisory Committee For People With Disabilities - November 21, 2019

ACPD presented 5 ADA Hero Awards for drivers and dispatch personnel who have demonstrated an exceptional performance. The Regional Leadership Academy presented their project to collect ridership data for riders using Access-a-Ride.  Data…

Douglas Local Coordinating Council - Nov 21, 2019

Location: Castle Rock Senior Center (2323 Woodlands Blvd) Intros & Updates Faye Estes Waiting on funding from RTD & CDOT for 2020 Getting new bus for Senior Center Celebrate: approved for full funding amount requested …