LAKEWOOD, CO-Greg Stevinson is a Republican and the largest developer on the West side. His family owns one of the largest automobile dealerships in the metro area. But he is breaking ranks with Republican Gov. Bill Owens and others who oppose the $4.7-billion FasTracks proposal that will be on the Nov. 2 ballot.

“I believe the FasTracks transit plan is vital for the future and economic prosperity of the Denver Metropolitan area,” Stevinson says. “Among other benefits it will bring new vitality to many of our older communities especially in those areas that don’t currently have rapid transit lines. The key is mobility for our citizens. The increased mobility provided by FasTracks will level the playing field throughout the Denver Metro area. In Jefferson County, for example, FasTracks will provide alternative transportation that will enable its citizens to reach Downtown, the Southeast suburbs, DIA and Boulder quickly and efficiently. FasTracks will enable Jeffco residents to take advantage of employment opportunities throughout the greater Denver Metropolitan area by driving only a short distance and then utilizing rapid transit.”

Stevinson says politicians and business people need to acknowledge rapid transit is a “major selling point in attracting business to locate in Jefferson County, for example. This means that our home values will remain high because Jeffco will remain a desirable place to live no matter where you work.”

While $4.7 billion is a lot of money, “Its cost is insignificant compared to its broad economic benefits,” Stevinson says. “Now is the time for us all to pull together and make it a reality. In the past we’ve voted to designate revenues to support open space which has added immensely to our quality of life, now we need to make an equally bold decision and support FasTracks.”

Stevinson’s company, Denver West, is a partner in Denver West Office Park, Colorado Mills and Denver West Plaza. Stevinson is also the developer of Denver West Village retail center and partnered in the creation of hundreds of luxury apartment homes in Jefferson County. He also serves as a trustee of the Independence Institute, the main group opposing FasTracks. Indeed, Stevinson is the Inpendence Institute’s landlord.

The metropolitan area is expected to grow by almost one million people and add 550,000 new jobs over the next 20 years, he notes. FasTracks is a 12-year plan to expand rail and bus service in the Denver region to address that growth and provide transportation choice to the Denver region’s citizens.

“Some people have been surprised at my support for FasTracks since my family has been one of the state’s largest automobile dealers for decades,” Stevinson adds. “The automobile isn’t going to go away. Highways and cars will always be important, but the car can’t be the only transportation choice.”

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