In Transit | January
 2017
January 27, 2017 

Happy January Transit Professionals!  We hope you are back into the swing of work and life while keeping in mind your goals for this year. Refill your coffee cup - this newsletter is a looong one folks because there is a lot going on in Colorado transit. 

If you know someone whose goal is to further their career in transit, we have a number of open positions throughout Colorado listed on the job posting page on our website. Check it out and forward to your job-seeing friends!  
In this Issue
  • Breckenridge Free Ride serves 10 millionth rider!  
  • CASTA Joins FixItCo Coalition
  • Transit Policy in the Making
  • Levitation-based transportation comes to Colorado
  • 5310/5311 Discussions Continue
  • New Opportunities:  Marketing Assistance, EV's 
  • Mark your Calendars - 2017 Conference Schedule
  • Save the Date: 2017 Conference Schedule
  • Update from the CASTA Executive Directors.
Congratulations Breckenridge Free Ride!
The Town of Breckenridge began operating the Free Ride in September 1997. Now in their 20th season of service, Free Ride celebrated their 10 millionth rider on January 23, 2017.  

Stevie Keilholz (pictured  here with the Breckenridge  Free Ride staff) has been a faithful rider of the Free Ride since he moved to Breckenridge in 1998.

CASTA Joins #FixItCo Coalition
CASTA is part of the FixItCO coalition that is working with legislators for sustainable transportation funding for Coloradoans. Follow CASTA and the work of this coalition by visiting #FixItCO on Twitter or by checking on our state initiatives webpage

Transit Policy in the Making 
Please visit our  State Initiatives webpage for information on the following new policy developments that may affect your operations: 

- Extension of the RTA Property Tax Authority 
- CDL Licensing - Finally!  A Breakthrough!
- CDL Entry Level Training (EDLT) Update
- Statewide Elder and Adult IDD Abuse Reporting Required by Transit Drivers

Levitating Transportation Comes to CO
Colorado has been selected as one of 35 places around the world to work with Hyperloop One out of L.A. to build a new levitation-based transportation system in Colorado. C ongratulations to CDOT, The City & County of Denver, and the City of Greely for being semi-finalists involved in this project!   

KDVR did a story that provides more detailed information. 

5311/5310 Discussions Continue
CASTA hosted three meetings to discuss CASTA member reactions and thoughts on CDOT's plan to re-distribute 5311/5310 funds.  If you missed any of the previous meetings, please check out our website for notes about the discussion.   We are planning the February meetings and will be sending a reminder email in the next week with details for these future calls. 

New Opportunities: 
Marketing Assistance, EV's 
National RTAP is accepting applications for technical assistance for marketing, communications, and community outreach.   Two small rural or tribal transit providers will be selected to receive technical assistance in 2017.  Fo r more information or to apply, please visit the National RTAP website

Charge Ahead Colorado applications are now open for electric vehicle and electric vehicle supply equipment funding within the Denver Metro Area.  CEO has funding for equipment for applicants outside the Denver Metro Area.   Replacement stations are now eligible!  Please refer to the Application Guide for eligibility criteria and  more information .

Mark Your Calendars 
2017 Conference Schedule


 Update from the Executive Directors
Your executive directors have been working on many fronts this month to represent transit users, providers and professionals in Colorado's many transportation policy discussions.  

House Speaker Duran  challenged the transportation community to develop a solid transportation funding proposal to refer to Colorado voters in November.  CASTA has joined forces with a number of other statewide transportation groups including Colorado Contractors Association , Bicycle Colorado , Club 20 , Action 22 , Progressive 15 , LiveWell Colorado , MOVE Colorado , and  SWEEP .  

As part of this effort, CASTA participated in a statewide polling effort that showed strong support from all Colorado communities for expanded transit services.  This level of local support speaks to the outstanding work the CASTA members do every day to keep Colorado communities moving.  

Also at the Colorado Legislature, we testified in support of HB-1018 (to extend the sunset on RTA's ability to use property tax as a funding option).  Many thanks to the other folks who also testified in support:  Dan Blankenship (RFTA), Jacque Whitsitt (Mayor of Basalt), and representatives from CML, Pikes Peak RTA and the new San Miguel County RTA.  The bill passed the committee and will go to second reading in the House.

In addition to these legislative activities, CASTA continues to facilitate discussions around transit benefits and needs.  Specifically, we attended   Commuting Solutions 8th Annual Legislative Breakfast and enjoyed remarks by the Governor and legislative leadership.  Ann was unanimously re-elected Chairperson of the CDOT Transit and Rail Advisory Committee (TRAC) and addressed the Transportation Commission's Transit and Intermodal Committee.     

Please feel free to contact us at 303-839-5197 or by email if you have any questions, comments, and concerns!  
Until next time, we hope you are all enjoying the winter season! 

Sincerely,

The CASTA Crew 

Upcoming Events 
February 18 |
5311/5310 Member Meeting  

Subject:
5311/5310 Policy
Format: Conference Call 
Time: 10 am 
Call in information and agenda to be emailed prior to the meeting.   
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May 16-19 | 
CASTA Spring
Training Conference 

Location: Hilton Hotel, 
Fort Collins 
Schedule posted by March 6.. 
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Colorado Association of Transit Agencies