In Transit | February 2017
February 27, 2017 

The weather outside is blustery, but here in Transit Land we are staying busy and warm.  This newsletter brings you the information you need to do your job well, some well-deserved kudos and a transit success story.  
In this Issue
  • CASTA President: Getting Kids on Buses! 
  • All Points Transit Improves Routing for Maximum Service
  • Ask-A-Transit-Expert:  Dogs Unleashed?  
  • HB17-1018 Passes, Heads to Guv's Desk
  • DMV Technology Change
  • RFTA Ridership up 91% During Winter X Games
  • CASTA Spring Conference
  • Welcome Joey Parks!

CASTA President:  Getting Kids on Buses

National RTAP 101 Webinar: Kids on Transit

When kids use public transit it benefits the agency, community, and individual. It can help dispel the stigma that transit is only for certain populations; empower youth to be independent; help kids get around without needing a car or a ride; enable interaction between different people in the community; and increase current and future ridership.

During this webinar on Tuesday, March 72:30-3:30 pm ET, three transit providers will describe their initiatives to get youth to use transit. The panelists include Amber Blake from Durango Transit in  CO; Michele Brooks on behalf of Acton, MA; and Mary Anderson of Whatcom Council of Governments in WA.  Register now  to hear innovative strategies, best practices, and lessons learned!

Ask-A-Transit-Expert: Dogs Unleased?

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Help out a fe llow  tran sit provider:  

Does your agency have a policy that allows service dogs to be unleashed while riding on the bus?

Have there been any safety issues while allowing the dog to be unleashed?

If you've got some expertise to share (or need the question answered yourself), please  email us.  

Woof!  We mean, thanks!  

All Points Transit Route Changes

All Points Transit is improving services throughout Montrose and has been offering free rides for all passengers for the last two weeks. 

Along with the changes in routes that were made in response to community forums, mobility manager TJ Burr is offering travel training services throughout the community making transit more accessible to everyone in Montrose. Congratulations All Points Transit and their success! 

Read More Here
 

House Bill 1018 Passes

Colorado State Capitol Building Gold Dome on a Sunny Day. On February 21, 2017, CASTA member Roaring Fork Transportation Authority achieved success in the legislative process, thanks to the hard work of Representative Larry Liston (R-El Paso County), Representative Diane Mitsch-Bush (D-Routt, Eagle Counties) and Senator Bob Garnder (R-El Paso).  

HB17-1018 extends the authority of for Regional Transportation Authories to request a mill levy to pay for transportation.   Governor Hickenlooper will sign the bill into law on Wednesday, March 1.   Many thanks to those who testified and made calls on the bill's behalf.  

RFTA Ridership up 91% During Winter X Games
During the Winter X games in January, Roaring Fork Transportation Authority stepped up and met the extra demands for transportation. Over the four days, ridership for RFTA increased by approximately 91%.   RFTA will reward its staff for their extra help with a  cash bonus   for each extra day worked during the X games.

Congratulations RFTA for your hard work! 

DMV DRIVES Software  
The Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles unveiled a new modernized computer system known as the Driver Record and Identification Vehicle Enterprise Solution, or DRIVES, on February 21, 2017.  As part of this modernization, the look of the Colorado Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) driving history report has been improved.
 
The attached letter and job aid provide you with a  link to computer-based video training  (3 minutes) and additional information needed to understand this change.  The same information may also be found online by visiting https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/dmv/driving-record.  
 
Please review the attached letter, watch the training video, and review the job aid document. If you have any questions, contact Benjamin Mitchell, Driver Services Operations Manager, at 303-205-5762 or by email at  Benjamin.Mitchell@state.co.us .

Coming Soon: 
CASTA Spring Conference Schedule

Welcome Joey Parks! 
CASTA welcomes Joey Parks to the team as our new program assistant.  Joey comes to us from West Virginia where he worked for the Department of Correctional Facilities. He lives with his wife Mary, daughter Penelope (6 months!) in Denver. 

Please welcome Joey to our staff! 
That's all, folks!  
Until next time, keep your hats on your heads and those wheels turning. 

The CASTA Crew
Upcoming Events 
March 1
HB1018 Bill Signing Ceremony
12:30 pm
Governor's Executive Chamber
Denver, CO
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March 7
Kids on Buses
National RTAP Webinar
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March 8-9 
CASTA Board Strategic Retreat 
Denver, CO
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March 30-31
APTA Managing the Environmental Process Seminar
San Francisco, CA
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May 16-19
CASTA Spring
Training Conference 

Hilton Hotel
Fort Collins 
Schedule posted by March 6
Colorado Association of Transit Agencies