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Friday, October 24, 2014

Udall, Bennet Announce 4 Major Grants for Essential Repair and Maintenance to Colorado Transit Systems


Eagle County, Roaring Fork Transportation Authority, Avon, Boulder, Fort Collins and Loveland to Receive ‘State of Good Repair Program’ Grants

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Mark Udall and Michael Bennet announced that bus and transit systems in Eagle County, Roaring Fork, Avon, Boulder, Fort Collins and Loveland will receive almost $19 million as part of a new transit initiative announced in May 2010 called the “State of Good Repair Program.”

The competitive grant program is designed to help make essential repairs and maintenance on bus and rail systems throughout the country.  The program is part of a larger effort to invest in the nation’s transportation system, recognizing that it is essential to keep our economy healthy.

“Thousands of Coloradans rely on buses to get to work and school, and regular maintenance is critical to keep those buses safe and efficient,” Senator Udall said.  “Especially in a time of tight budgets, these grants will help create jobs, keep our mass transit systems running smoothly – and ensure that workers and employers have transportation they can rely on.”

“We need to ensure our transportation system is safe and effective to help Colorado build a 21st -century economy,” Senator Bennet said.  “Reliable transportation keeps Coloradans connected to jobs and schools and has the power to expand opportunities and markets for small businesses.  Making these improvements to our transportation system will help boost our local economy, reduce gridlock and protect the quality of our air and water.”

Colorado received four separate grants:

  • $14 million to the Colorado Department of Transportation in coordination with CASTA to repair facilities and equipment in Eagle County, the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority, the town of Avon, and the city of Boulder.
  • $3.6 million to do chronically deferred maintenance for Denver Regional Transportation District at the Boulder and Platte facilities.
  • $1.2 million to enable the city of Fort Collins to buy replacement alternate-fueled vehicles.
  • $103,360 to help the city of Loveland buy a replacement vehicle and retrofit vehicles with hydraulic hybrid technology in conjunction with a local company, “Lightning Hybrids.”

The “State of Good Repair” for the country’s transportation network is one of the five system-wide goals included in Transportation Secretary LaHood’s proposed Strategic Plan for the Department of Transportation.   The assessment is available online at http://www.fta.dot.gov/news/news_events_11865.html








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