Public ParticipationOne of the goals of the Regional Transportation District's (RTD's) FasTracks program is to get the public involved in helping to shape their community as FasTracks is implemented. Participation and input from community stakeholders is a highly valued element of the FasTracks program. As a public agency, RTD understands the importance of integrating our rail systems into your cities and neighborhoods by incorporating community feedback as much as possible. Stakeholder participation, or public input, is analyzed along with other criteria such as technical, environmental and schedule feasibility and cost.
Public input, technical, environmental and schedule feasibility and cost are all weighed prior to decisions being made on a project. In order for your input to have the most impact, it is important that you provide that input at the appropriate phase of the project.
Make your input count because as the project progresses, input opportunities narrow and become more focused and the cost to implement changes greatly increases.
The best opportunity to provide input and make changes in a project is during the planning phase. As each project moves from planning to design to construction, public involvement opportunities narrow and become more defined as the budget and schedule are more impacted by changes.
- Planning Phase - Input is a requirement and critical part of planning; during this stage input has the biggest impact with the best opportunity to make changes to the project. Discussion is open to a broader range of topics to include: station locations, transit mode and track alignment.
- Final Design Phase - Input is more focused and generally limited to aesthetic and design elements including: appearance of bridge and wall treatments, shelters, barriers, fencing, landscaping, lighting fixtures, etc.
- Construction Phase - While construction is taking place, public involvement consists of keeping the public informed about what will be happening, when it will occur, and how long it will take. The public can provide input on what measures should be taken to alleviate the inconvenience of construction.
- Operational Phase - Education regarding how the transit system works, how to use the ticket vending machines and transit safety are among the focus of outreach during this final phase. During this phase, it is helpful for the public to offer feedback and comments on how operations can be continuously improved and modified.
Public Participation Resources
Stakeholder Participation Policy
Public Participation Presentation Slides
Public Participation Brochure