January 18, 2017
In Transit
Colorado Association of Transit Agencies January 18, 2018
We are starting the new year off with a BANG!
  • CASTA Membership Highlight
  • Charge Ahead Colorado Grant Opportunity
  • SWTA Conference in Denver, March 2018
  • CASTA Visits DC - Brrr!
  • New CDOT Transit & Rail Director
  • Steamboat Springs Provides Rides, Atmosphere
  • Colorado 2018 Transit Conferences
  • Vendor Highlight - FHU
Save The Date

Seizure Awareness Webinar
Trainer: Easter Seals
Date: January 24 (TBC)
Time: 2:00-3:30pm MST (TBC)
Registration: Click Here
Cost: Free!
Charge Ahead Colorado: Funding Opportunity
In an effort to improve air quality and encourage deployment of electric vehicles across the State of Colorado, the Regional Air Quality Council (RAQC) and Colorado Energy Office (CEO) have teamed up to provide financial support for electric vehicles (EV) and electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE).

Hey all you policy wonks! The first 2018 Colorado State legislative session will being in January with the start of the new year! We want to know what you are thinking about pursuing legislatively in the coming year. Send us your ideas as we start planning for the upcoming session!
Your CASTA membership PAYS!
Thinking of joining other transit professionals from the region at the SWTA conference this coming March? Your CASTA membership can help YOU save money . All CASTA members receive the special rate of $351/attendee with one easy step!

  1. Follow the registration link below. Choose non-member, fill the form out, then add the discount code **CASTA** at the end of the process. This discount only applies to the full conference attendance ticket. All SWTA members already receive the discount and cannot double up. This discount is for CASTA members who are NOT SWTA members.

Still looking for ways to make SWTA training affordable ? Try the SWTA Earn While You Learn rebate program. It will allow an agency to get a rebate check of up to $300 by visiting with exhibitors. See the link here for more information,  https://www.swta.org/news_events/details/rebate-program .

** FTA Region 8 is providing specialized training at the annual conference for small urban, rural and tribal transit providers. See the attached flyer for more information to send to your members. FYI - we received confirmation that FTA Acting Administrator Jane Williams will speak on Monday, March 5.**
CASTA Visits D.C. - Brrr!
Your Executive Directors faced the bitter cold and the slippery streets of Washington DC to advocate on behalf of Colorado transit agencies. Many offices have new staff members, so the meetings were a combination of education and advocacy on the following issues.

To read more, follow the CASTA blog!
New Director for CDOT Transit & Rail 
The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has selected David Krutsinger as the new Director of its Division of Transit and Rail.

Created by legislation in 2009, the Division oversees the statewide transit program, which promotes, plans, designs, finances, operates, maintains and contracts for transit services such as the  Bustang™  interregional bus service. It also helps fund local transit projects that are awarded to more than 65 agencies around the state each year. 

The Division also is working with the newly-created Southwest Chief & Front Range Passenger Rail Commission to advance passenger rail and fixed-guideway transit concepts along the Interstate 25 Front Range and I-70 Mountain corridors.

“I’m excited to continue CDOT’s mission as the Division’s second director,” said Krutsinger. “The scope is large, but integrating transit and rail elements into the state’s transportation system will be good for statewide mobility and economic vitality. While the Division is fairly new, the mission is not. I’m looking forward to joining a team of knowledgeable and experienced, professional staff.”

Krutsinger replaces the recently retired Mark Imhoff.

Prior to CDOT, Krutsinger had a wide range of experience working with rural, resort, and urban transit systems across Colorado. In addition to serving as a senior planner on many corridor studies, he was a manager at RTD who worked on several of the FasTrack lines.

“David has over 25 years of experience in transit and transportation, both in the public and private sectors, and has held numerous other positions that make him well qualified to assume this position and lead the Division,” said CDOT Executive Director Michael Lewis. “This Division has the full support of the transit and rail community and David will continue to help CDOT to be strategic in promoting and implementing rail and transit mobility around the state.”

Krutsinger grew up Boulder, CO. and received Master of Science and Master of City Planning degrees from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA.
Steamboat’s free bus system is key amenity for visitors, locals
The Steamboat Springs public transit system has been named one of the most conenient bus systems, integral to the entire community- locals and tourists alike.

"The only other (tourist) bus systems I've used, take you to main tourist areas," said Kim Desch, who often comes to Steamboat to ski with her teenager. "This takes you to utilitarian places … to work, grocery shopping, downtown to eat. It's not geared just to getting you to places to spend money. It gets you where you need to go."

If you walk into the Centennial offices of Felsburg Holt & Ullevig (FHU), you will see a staff of folks ready to help you create transit solutions that work for your specific community needs. Cady Dawson is one of FHU’s lead transit planners in Colorado with 15 years of experience in transit planning, multimodal integration, and first and last mile connectivity.

Many thanks to this this months' sponsor, Felsburg Holt & Ullevig!
CASTA: Working towards safe, convenient, affordable, and accessible transportation for all Colorado residents and visitors. 
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