RTD Director District F candidate Q&A

Bob Broom

AGE
82
RESIDENCE
Aurora
PROFESSION
Retired Investment Banker
EDUCATION
MBA University of Denver
FAMILY
Married 58 years 2 adult daughters
EXPERIENCE
21 years in City Government as a Finance Director and City Manager in Illinois, Florida and Colorado. 25 years underwriting municipal bonds.

Why are you seeking public office?
To complete the Fastrac system promised to the voters and to improve traffic congestion and air quality in the Metro area. Good public transit attracts leading companies and jobs for our kids.

What will your top three priorities be if elected?
1. Restore financial stability 2. Improve first and last mile connections for riders 3. Right size the organization to maximize transit service offered to the public

The coronavirus pandemic has created a severe budget crunch that’s expected to last for several years. How should RTD cut spending and/or increase revenue?
With RTD operating at a 60% service level with 40% ridership compared to pre-pandemic days we will need to reduce our workforce until sales tax and fare revenues improve along with customer demand. The Board will continue to look for new revenue sources to diversify our revenue base.

What is your long-term vision for RTD to better serve Denver and the metro area? What are the challenges to achieving it?
We need to work closely with CDOT and the E-470 Highway Authority to provide more access and transit service for the Commercial development taking place South and East of DIA in Aurora. We also need to work with the backers of front range rail to provide rail service to Longmont / Boulder and Denver as well as DIA.

In a district as large as RTD, should the board take a demand-driven approach that focuses service in communities with more density, or do you favor maintaining an equitable level of service across the coverage area?
We need to pay attention to both. With limited resources we must strive for a delicate balance and look for new ways to serve low density areas. Perhaps vouchers could be offered to supplement the service we offer.

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