JULY 23, 2014 BY 

Last night YVSC hosted 3 expert speakers on the topic of Transportation for our July Talking Green Event: Thinking Outside the Car. With State Representative Diane Mitsch Bush, CDOT’s David Krutsinger, and SST’s Jonathan Flint on the panel, attendees got in-depth presentations from big-picture to rural Steamboat on Multi-Model, High Speed Rail, and Steamboat Springs Transit.

If you missed this evening, you can view each presentation individually here now. Bios for these speakers are posted below:

Diane Mitsch Bush:

David Krutsinger:

Jonathan Flint:

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Living in a remote resort town, we see transportation dominated by the car – everyone owns a car, many Front Range and out of state visitors drive cars to get to Steamboat, and both visitors and residents use their cars throughout town.  In big cities and other, less rural communities, we have seen big changes in transportation – high-speed trains, light rail, shared cars and bikes.  Is that model possible in Steamboat?

Diane Mitsch Bush: House Representative for House District 26 – Eagle and Routt Counties – FULL BIO HERE
Diane has dedicated much of her political career on the topic of transportation. During her tenure as former Routt County Commissioner from 2006 to 2012 she was present on the following transportation committees: NW Transportation Planning Region, Statewide Transportation Advisory Committee, Club 20’s Transportation Committee, Chair/Grant Manager for CDOT Safe Routes to School Non-Infrastructure Grant for School Bike/Walk Rallies and Computer kiosk/Program that helps kids track their contribution to Clean Air and Reduction of Congestion.

David Krutsinger: Rail & Special Projects Manager within the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) Division of Transit & Rail
Created by legislation in 2009, the Division oversees the statewide transit program, with responsibilities to promote, plan, design, finance, operate, maintain and contract for transit services such as passenger rail, buses and advanced guideway systems. Master of City Planning and Master of Science degrees from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA., as well as a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from the University of Oregon in Eugene, OR. Prior to CDOT, Krutsinger was a Manager of Corridor Planning, Modeling, and Operations at RTD of a team of people responsible for securing a $300 Million New Starts Grant for the completion of the West Corridor LRT line, and which opened in May 2013. He also spent time in the private sector with several firms over his career, completing corridor studies in Salt Lake, Dallas, and Tampa, transit operations studies in a number of smaller cities & resort areas across the U.S., and an evaluation of transit technologies for the National Park

Jonathan Flint:  Transit Manager – Steamboat Springs Transit
Jonathan is a Colorado native of Lakewood.  He graduated from Wheat Ridge High School then attended Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington.  There he received a degree in Political Studies with a minor in Psychology.  As graduation approached he began training with the Gray Line of Alaska driver development program.  This 6 month course culminated in the opportunity to drive a tour coach in Skagway, Alaska.

For the next 8 years, Jonathan split his working career between Skagway and Steamboat Springs.  His duties in Skagway progressed from Local Driver to Highway Driver, then Dispatcher to Operations Manager.  In Steamboat Springs, he spent several winters driving eventually moving into a Dispatcher position.  In 1998, Jonathan became the Operations Manager for Steamboat Springs Transit and was named to the Transit Manager position in 2013.  In addition to his duties as a Transit Manager, Jonathan has been trained by the Department of Transportation in Accident Investigation and Emergency Management.  He was also a CDL examiner.  Thoroughly enjoying the environment Steamboat Springs offers, Jonathan enjoys boating, 4-wheeling, playing hockey and taking his Golden Retrievers for a pull/walk.

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