Lone Tree mayor named finalist for RTD post

Public has until Jan. 23 to provide feedback of five candidates

Nick Puckett
npuckett@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 1/13/20

Lone Tree Mayor Jackie Millet was named one of five finalists to serve as interim general manager and CEO of the Regional Transportation District. A Jan. 10 news release from RTD named the finalists …

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Lone Tree mayor named finalist for RTD post

Public has until Jan. 23 to provide feedback of five candidates

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Lone Tree Mayor Jackie Millet was named one of five finalists to serve as interim general manager and CEO of the Regional Transportation District.

A Jan. 10 news release from RTD named the finalists to replace retiring GM and CEO Dave Genova, who will retire Jan. 20 after 26 years with RTD.

“All five individuals were selected in accordance with search and selection requirements and were interviewed (Jan. 10) during a special (RTD) Board meeting. The Board is moving all five forward as finalists out of transparency and to give the public a chance to weigh in,” the release states.

Millet, a licensed professional engineer and a civil engineer by trade, said she wants to spur creative solutions to RTD's ongoing issues, including a driver shortage that will likely force service cutbacks.

“I'm very solutions-oriented,” Millet said, noting her initiative to create a collaborative effort between Lone Tree, Greenwood Village and Centennial to install “smart” traffic signal technology along Yosemite Street to improve traffic flow along the corridor.

“These solutions do require more creative, innovative partnerships, and technical solutions exist out there. It's identifying which technical solution can meet the needs of a diverse constituency and how we can bring people together from the private and public sectors to get behind the solution.”

Millet said she is excited to be “part of the solution to the transit issues confronting RTD and increase access and opportunity to people.”

Millet's first term as mayor expires this year and she would be up for reelection May 5. Millet declined to say whether she would seek reelection if hired by RTD.

RTD has struggled amid a driver shortage for its bus and light rail trains, forcing it to make cuts to some of its services. The agency proposed cutting six bus lines and reducing service to the 16th Street MallRide come May as a result, though nothing has been approved yet.

RTD can make an offer to hire one of the candidates as soon as Jan. 23. RTD encourages the public to submit comment on the list of finalists before then. To submit a public comment, contact your local RTD Board member or the RTD Board office at 303-299-6000.

RTD was founded in 1969 to develop, operate and maintain a mass transportation system in Denver. RTD currently serves 3.08 million in 2,342 square miles across eight Denver-area counties.

Millet served four years as Lone Tree's mayor, eight years on city council and is chair-elect and board member of the Denver Regional Council of Governments. She led several local transportation projects and oversaw the construction of the Leaf Pedestrian Bridge, the birth of the Lone Tree Link shuttle service, the implementation of electric vehicle charging stations throughout the city and the final stages of the Southeast Rail Extension project.

Most recently, Millet has led the adaptive traffic signal project for the Yosemite Street corridor through Lone Tree, Greenwood Village and Centennial, a collaboration between the cities. Installation of the “smart” traffic signals will begin this year.

“We know we cannot build our way out of congestion,” Millet said. “So how can we leverage the investments made in transit…to address the issues facing our communities?”

Millet said despite declining ridership, RTD is the envy of similar agencies across the country. She hopes to optimize the current system to best serve riders.

“And then, when we get those issues resolved, it's important to look forward,” Millet said.

Millet mentioned finding ways to partner with ride share companies, like Uber and Lyft, to improve transportation in Denver.

The other candidates for the interim RTD post are: Paul Ballard, a former president and CEO of transportation agency similar to RTD in Fort Worth, Texas; Amy Ford, director of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America's Mobility on Demand Alliance and former administrator for the Colorado Department of Transportation; Michael Ford, chief operations officer for RTD; and Mike Meader, chief safety and security officer for RTD.

“I think public transit and transportation can be a game-changer for folks,” Millet said, “so I want make sure we're doing everything we can in the region to provide access and opportunity to people.”

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