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  1. While it's too late for me (I didn't know there was such a thing as an engineer as a child, much less a civil engineer or urban planner!), my son is interested in engineering. He's still in JHS so that could change in time but I'm encouraging him to take it all the way and I Street him toward videos like this and others by Not Just Bikes and Strong Towns to show him that a STEM career didn't have to be under florescent lights in an office building with his head down in a bunch of equations all day! He likes math (He must get that from his mother. My math skills were ATROCIOUS.) and lives reading about how things work and I know he wants his job to mean something. Family is from NYC and we always talk about how to make this or that public resource better, from parks and transit, to how we can simultaneously slow car traffic while making it more efficient and routing most cars away from residential areas. I've just subscribed and I'll make sure we watch some your videos together. I didn't know ANY Colorado City had public transit and now I even know how well it's run. I'll-WE'LL be back for more!

  2. Transit in CO IS failing because there isn't a train that goes from Fort Collins all the way through to Pueblo. There is literally nothing else the state should be spending a cent of money on until that's built.

  3. I rode the light rail everyday for two years from mineral station to union station. It is one of my favorite memories of living in Denver, the light rail is awesome.

  4. Hong Kong has the best system in place that needs to be replicated.
    The stations are developed as commercial spaces for revenue generation which means that the system earns money and ticket fare are kept low ensuring people dont mind it and commercial spaces means that the commercial development is around the route.
    Non ticket revenue is also generated by developing parking areas for park and ride, and not uncommon to see entire trains covered by advertising
    Delhi metro system replicated the same thing, and the station near my house ironically has a car dealership inside it in addition to a burger king, a bank, and a banquet that can be rented for events
    They also have huge paid parking areas

  5. Nice video! Just a note on the personal pods thing: the main reason it ultimately wasn't built is that it would have had only a small fraction of the passenger capacity of a regional rail line. Point-to-point transportation is already a task that cars, bikes, and walking can accomplish, so it wouldn't have made much sense to spend so much money on what is essentially an SUV on rails.

  6. Why not change the title to something a bit more positive for example: "Denver Light Rail a realistic path towards a greener future" ? I've never been in Denver but I was very happy to take light-rail last time I was in Houston, and there were quite a few bars, diners and shops along its tracks. Light-rail can really help to get to a walkable, convenient, vivid city center.

  7. I suspect the reason why Denver’s system sucks is why so many American systems suck: those who run it don’t actually use it. I remember I was in Denver for a soccer tournament and I wanted use the LRT. I wanted to pay using my credit card. The park and ride stall accepted cards for parking payment but none of the fare vending machines did. Such hot garbage!

  8. I was an architectural student but I’m thinking I might shift to urban design leaning to transit infrastructure. Mind me asking where you attended college and if you have any recommendations. To live in Denver Colorado but I’m willing to relocate if needed.

  9. Thanks for making a video about Denver. I just came across you channel and I really like what you are trying to do. I look forward to seeing where you can take it.

  10. I couldn't understand a word she was saying… Talking so fast she talked over herself… Slow down and enunciate properly please… Plus wearing that mask muffled your voice… Six feet of social distancing does NOT mean wearing a mask in front of a video camera… I have hearing disability, I need to read lips…

  11. Just as the US Navy has this habit of calling a five thousand ton ship a 'frigate', Denver is calling their transit system 'light rail' with tracks that would make the Union Pacific mainline proud. With cars that match or exceed those of the NYC subway 'heavy rail', with high level platforms better than most commuter railroads. OK, I get it, but most folks who've been around in this transit world kinda equate 'light rail' with what the Europeans call 'tram lines'. I don't know the train frequency out to the airport but I really doubt if it needs two tracks for the full distance, a single track with passing areas will do, many mainline railways have been single tracked or always were. All this is why systems are costing so much. and why not enough are built.

  12. Good video but you should have used white borders when you supposed the light rail stats over the video. It wasn't very readable otherwise

  13. I hardly recognize Denver anymore. When I lived there you could almost walk to the airport (Stapleton) or just a short city bus ride from downtown. There was no Coors Field or Denver International and the only electric transit were battery powered buses on the 16th street mall. I've always admired cities that have direct connections with their airport Denver had that and I think Boston still does. The Boston subway stops at right at the airport. My current city does not have that feature. Our light rail "Green line" turns away from the southeast corner of the airport while its still over a mile from the terminals. The new "Crenshaw line" stays a similar distance to the east of the airport's main loop. The plan for that is that in a couple of years it will connect with the airport's own people mover system. But the more times you have to change modes that less they will be used. In my opinion, every city should have a bullet train from their airport to the heart of downtown.

  14. so..why did you title it as "Failing"? It seems that from your presentation, it has succeeded by leaps and bounds….

  15. This is a good video, but a bit confusing. You identify the train to DIA as 'light rail'. Before you call it commuter rail. What it is actually, is "Pre-Metro". The trains are heavy metro cars, but unlike most powered from cables above. This is common in Europe and Asia, not so much in the U.S. Pre-Metro has the advantage of lower cost up front as it doesn't have to be completely grade separate, but can be in the future making it a full blown metro system like NYC, BART, Metro in D.C. etc. Just a few tweaks and you'll make great videos.

  16. She talks. Like this. Not sure. Why she. Keeps pausing. Between words. Cool video tho youll get more comfortable with time. Try to flow a bit more itll help a lot.

  17. Lone Tree City Center is a perfect example of a station that takes you nowhere. RidgeGate at least has a parking garage but City Center ironically has nothing around it.

  18. I live an hour South the metro area and commute to Denver daily. I beg for a train or better bus service. But I have to settle for a toll lane being added to I-25…

  19. I liked the video. It would be even better if you could give your ideas, based on your education and background, on how you would address some of the issues with this system or others you might cover. It would be refreshing to get the perspective of a young urban planner and engineer.

    If you ever get to visit L.A. it would be great if you do a video on their transit system. They are in the midst of a transit rail boom. I've read they are currently building more transit than any other city in the nation.

  20. This was supper cool to watch! and really helps understand the public transport for Denver. Would be cool to see more like this, different transport options and city's. I am also moving to Denver and this video was the best!

  21. This is a great informative video! I work for local government in my state we are no where the size of Denver but I am coming on vacation and I am inspired to take this system. Thank you and keep going!

  22. Neat video though overall I think some work needs to be done in regards to the footage matching the commentary. Since you kept using commuter rail footage when talking about light rail, it really did hurt your ethos until you actually specified the difference. Especially since each system is better at critical points than the other, like how Light rail isn't very suitable for longer trips whereas commuter rail is, plus commuter rails added speed of running in the 60-100mph range, at a higher cost. But seriously going forward just remember that, to make footage match the commentary as much as possible.

  23. It's a good system but having to wait another 20 years for TOD is really not favorable. Plus, they went the cheap route with ROW and land acquisition by using existing rail lines that aren't practical for passenger rail, on top of having massive park and ride stations a mere 10 minutes from downtown. I live near Union Station and the 38th and Blake Station is a park and ride, in the heart of the city. While I applaud the effort, it currently is basically useless for citizens here.

  24. I flew into Denver a couple years for work and only used public transportation while I was there. It's a wonderful system.

  25. Seems like a somewhat reliable system, although a bit pricey. For medical reasons I can’t drive, so for me to be independent I have to use public transit. Thanks for the info!

  26. Just one thing. The rail system presented in the video isn't light rail. It's considered regional rail or heavy rail.

  27. Yeah, I remember hearing a few months ago, how RTD is going to have to make budget cuts, but yet there is still enough for the board to get a bonus.

  28. I like the camera work and presentation style, but there were some loose ends left hanging. You started to talk about the differences between light rail and commuter, but then didn't talk about the commuter lines or their dimensions. You also didn't answer the question in the title cleanly – is it failing?

    I know I'm sounding like a college prof here, but the critique is offered because I like your style and want you to succeed.

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