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RTD-Denver to slash jobs to address financial crunch

The planned reduction will include about 635 positions.
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The Regional Transportation District of Denver (RTD) plans to cut the number of employment positions by 25 percent to 30 percent due to the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The planned reduction will include about 635 part-time and full-time positions for represented and salaried staff that are currently filled. The number may change as the agency conducts a more detailed analysis, RTD officials said in a press release.

Additional positions now vacant would also be eliminated. 

The reductions are necessary due to a $166 million shortfall in 2021, with anticipated shortfalls of that amount or more in the coming years, agency officials said.

RTD is now carrying about 40 percent of its pre-COVID level of ridership, providing 60 percent of its pre-pandemic level of service and continuing to employ 100 percent of its workforce. 

Funding from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act — which is expected to be depleted by the end of the year — has allowed the agency to maintain pre-pandemic staffing levels. But RTD officials say the agency won't be able to maintain current staffing levels when that funding is spent. 

Further budget reductions planned for 2021 include:

  • Deferring $114 million in capital and maintenance projects;
  • Forgoing pay increases for salaried employees; and
  • Implementing tiered furloughs for salaried employees, ranging from no furlough days for employees with the lowest salaries and up to 18 furlough days for the agency’s highest income earners. 

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