RTD District G race: O'Boyle seeks second term

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Jack O'Boyle is seeking to be re-elected to be the District G representative on the 15-member board of directors of the Regional Transportation District.

“I want to continue the work I started in my first term on the board,” he said. “I will again make it my priority to seek to make sure RTD continues along the road to fiscal sustainability.”

For the last four years, O'Boyle has represented District G, which includes Lone Tree, Parker, portions of Centennial and parts of unincorporated Douglas and Arapahoe counties.

The incumbent said he remains a supporter of the FasTracks mass transit improvement project. The initial plan was funded by the 2004 voter approval of raising the sales tax rate for RTD, and the proposal was to add 119 miles of rail transit as well as improved bus service throughout the metro area in 12 years.

Higher construction and material costs, coupled with a decline in revenues, have created financial challenges for FasTracks so, without additional funding, it won't be completed until 2042.

“FasTracks is important to helping Denver make the transition from a cow town to a global city,” said O'Boyle, who is now retired. “However, finances are a problem and there could be modifications to plans for some of the corridors. Local residents need to know the Southeast and Southwest line extension are scheduled in the future; they are still in the FasTracks plans.”

O'Boyle was born in Georgia and raised in California. He came to Colorado in 1994 when his position with Lockheed-Martin moved to the metro area.

He was elected mayor of Lone Tree in 1996 and served three four-year terms in that position.

He could not seek re-election to the council in 2008 because of term limits and successfully ran to be the District G representative on the RTD board.

O'Boyle and his wife have been married 48 years and have three children.