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RTD’s Access-a-Ride service in Denver area looks to new provider, wages to solve capacity problems

By ERIN DOUGLAS

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DENVER, CO - MAY 15: A bike is locked up near a bus stop, on Broadway Blvd. and 7th St., in downtown Denver, May 15, 2014. Despite the huge popularity of bicycling to work, there are few bike riders on RTD buses. (Photo by RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post)

New paratransit service providers will take over the program in October to address growing demand.

Drivers for the Regional Transportation District’s Access-a-Ride service will have a new employer when they wake up on Oct. 1 – a change that RTD hopes will help solve the problem of growing demand in the face of labor shortages.

All Aboard Transit Services, a locally managed paratransit operation, lost its share of a $175 million contract with RTD’s Access-a-Ride program last fall. RTD put it up to bid as a result of growing concerns that the service was not meeting the needs of passengers.

The Access-a-Ride service – RTD’s way of adhering to federal law that requires any fixed-route transit system to provide an alternative paratransit system for people with disabilities – was struggling with capacity: too many riders and not enough drivers.

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