“We’re looking at our local transportation funding scenario; it’s pretty bleak. She stresses the point, “At the very same time we’re seeing fuel prices go up significantly, which is making it harder to just hold the line of providing our transit services, that same spike in fuel prices is driving more and more people to transit.
“We just got our numbers from RTD that show our February was higher than ever.” She continues, “People are looking to transit as a way to save money and we’re finding it harder and harder to provide those options.”
She says, “We’re seeing this shift, people realizing for many reasons, whether it’s climate change or energy sustainability or just their own pocketbook, they’re rethinking do they really want to drive their car all the time everywhere at the very time when it’s harder and harder for us to provide those options.
“Right now I’m looking at my budget for ‘08 going, ‘Oh my God, fuel prices are up 30 percent in February 2008 more than where they were in February 2007.’” She stresses, “I don’t want it to come to be where we have to reduce transit services. We’re scratching our heads, we’re thinking hard about how we can do this.” Despite the challenges ahead, she remains optimistic. “I’m sure we will figure it out.”