Throughout his interview, Washington stresses the willingness to partner as key to the successes RTD has seen. “There could be a resistance in some areas to partner with the private sector,” Washington says. “I’ve heard people say, well you know we’re a public agency and we’re not going to do this.” And to that he says, “You know, you partner with who you can partner with to invest in the infrastructure, building or rebuilding of this valuable infrastructure.
“We’ve partnered with so many folks,” he says. “Not just on the Eagle P3 side, but when you talk about transit-oriented communities, transit-oriented development, we’re partnering with developers. In our workforce development program we’re partnering with our community colleges of Denver, the Denver Urban League, the various training providers to train people to do work in the transportation industry.