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RTD could sacrifice parking for more housing near stations

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Posted at 11:11 AM, Feb 21, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-21 13:11:24-05

DENVER (AP) — The Regional Transportation District board is set to take a final vote this week on a new policy designed to encourage more housing to be built on the agency’s property near its stations across the Denver metro area.

Colorado Public Radio reports the new policy has a non-binding goal that 35 percent of all housing units built on RTD property be affordable.

It also would give RTD staff more flexibility to allow housing developments that don’t include a garage to replace every parking spot they use.

The agency’s own research suggests people who live in affordable housing need less parking and use transit more.