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Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.
 ~ Aesop

A great big thank you to everyone who called, wrote and testified against SB -11 these last few weeks.  The House Transportation committee voted to postpone the bill indefinitely on a 7-6 party-line vote.   If you have a moment, please consider contacting the legislators on the committee ( click here for contact information ) to thank them for opposing the bill.   Each of them listened to their constituents and chose to support transit. 
 
House Transportation Committee
District, General Geographic Description
Max Tyler, Chair
23 - Lakewood
Diane Mitsch Bush, Vice Chair
26 - Steamboat, Eagle, Gypsum, Avon
Terri Carver
20, COS W of I-25, N of Filmore
Daneya Esgar
46, SW Pueblo and Colorado City
Tracy Kraft-Tharp
29, parts of Westminster and Arvada
Jovan Melton
41, Aurora
Dominick Moreno
32, Commerce City, Denver N of I-70
Faith Winter
35, Westminster

CASTA is also working on three other bills:   
HB16-1067 - RTA Mill Levy Authority
-- extends the sunset (from 2019 t0 2029) for existing and new RTAs to be able to implement a property tax funding mechanism.  The bill is sponsored by Representative Diane Mitsch-Bush.  It   passed the House this week and will be on the Senate schedule shortly.   
HB16-1067  Bus on Shoulder   - would allow  buses to ride on the  shoulder under certain circumstances are met. Bus on shoulder is key to the US 36 Bus Rapid Transit system.  The bill passed out of committee today on a 4-1 vote. 
 
HB16-1097 -   PUC Permit For Medicaid Transportation Providers 
increases Medicaid clients' access to non-emergency transportation by reducing barriers for transportation companies interested in becoming enrolled Medicaid transportation providers.   Passed the House Transportation Committee on a 12-1 vote.     

Please call Ann or Elena at 303-839-5197 if you have questions or concerns!   
Seeking Older Low Floor Buses Looking for a Second Career as Training Vehicles
Greeley Evans Transit is need of old 35 or 40' HD Low Floor buses for training.  As we are shifting our fixed route buses from Body on Chassis to low floor and will be receiving our first new buses in June we are wanting to start training drivers on the driving differences  between the types.  Therefore, we are interested in any old buses that only need to run for training purposes for a short period of time.  Please contact Will Jones at 970-350-9751 if you have any coming up in the next 6 months.
Thank you for all you do for transit
riders in your communities! 
The CASTA Crew