District I Regional Transportation District Director
Seth L. Patterson
Four candidates are running for the RTD district director in District I, which includes Lafayette, Erie, Longmont and Broomfield. They are: Jeff Ilseman, a retired semiconductor program manager from Longmont; Seth Patterson, a commercial real estate broker from Broomfield; Judy Lubow, a retired attorney living in Longmont who worked for the Environmental Protection Agency and other government bodies; and Cheryl Hauger, a former business analyst who served as Erie trustee from 2006 to 2012.
The residents of District I got a particularly bad deal from RTD during the FasTracks tax fiasco. The 41-mile Denver-Longmont train line offered to District I in exchange for raising taxes is nowhere near completion, and many in the district feel RTD’s prediction of a completed rail by 2044 is unacceptable.
So there are several solutions being floated. Ilseman is currently on the Longmont Transportation Advisory Board, and points out that RTD’s current proposal for a diesel-powered train — not light rail — has some serious flaws and should not be considered a viable transport option. Patterson says RTD must be forced into creative new options quickly to solve the pressing transportation problems. Lubow says she thinks this is a critical time for RTD, and that the District I residents must press RTD for a viable solution while possibly settling for a Bus Rapid Transit system in the interim. Hauger would like RTD to use an extension of the North Metro FasTracks line.
This race is about who can best fight for the residents of District I and push RTD into implementing satisfactory transportation solutions. Judy Lubow is the candidate best suited for this work, and her years as a government attorney and, subsequently, as an activist, convince us that she is suited for the red-tape-heavy job of managing RTD. Her willingness to compromise and work within RTD to provide solutions as opposed to leaving RTD altogether are encouraging. Lubow deserves the position.