Legislature Mandates Increase in
Mandatory Competitive Tendering to
35 Percent in Denver
The Colorado state legislature approved an increase in the Denver bus public transport competitive tendering mandate to
35 percent of vehicle hours, effective 31 March 2000. Colorado Governor Bill Owens, who co-authored the original 20 percent
mandate in 1988 as a member of the state House of Representatives is expected to sign the bill.
Competitive tendering has saved RTD more than $100 million. Average cost savings from
1989 to 1998 were 40 percent. Over the period, $101 million was saved compared to the cost of
RTD operations. The financial benefit to the community is even more, since RTD's private
contractors pay state and local taxes, fuel taxes and license fees, unlike RTD.
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