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Mass transit is top priority for 2nd Amazon HQ Location

Denver region's transit was highlighted by The New York Times as lure for new Amazon HQ. The Times article outlines link between investment in RTD transit services and economic growth.

Access to public transportation services primarily provided by the Regional Transportation District (RTD) is a key amenity that makes Denver a strong "finalist" in a list of cities that The New York Times suggests as potential hosts for Amazon’s second headquarters.

The newspaper recently published an analysis of roughly fifty American metro areas and used guidance that Amazon included in its request for proposals to narrow down the field. Strong job growth, a well-educated workforce, and high quality of life are among the attributes making Denver a strong contender, according to the newspaper’s analysis. Access to public transportation is a key factor that helps set Denver apart as the final choice Amazon should make for its site.

“RTD’s transit investments have elevated the Denver region into a top-tier candidate for companies like Amazon and many others,” said RTD General Manager and CEO Dave Genova. “RTD has connected the airport to downtown with the University of Colorado A Line, creating a corridor that offers unparalleled opportunity for economic growth.”

In addition to helping alleviate congestion and providing alternate modes of transportation throughout the region, multimodal public transportation is also a key driver of economic growth that has made the Denver metro region one of the fastest growing areas in the country.

Every dollar spent on public transportation investment generates a $4 economic return, according to the American Public Transportation Association.

Denver metro area leaders have a history of making insightful investments that have helped the area establish itself as the economic engine of the region. RTD is proud to be part of that legacy and will continue developing a world-class transit system that connects residents to resources and drives development throughout the region.

Read the entire article at nytimes.com