Greetings from CDOT -
Just three weeks to CASTA Spring in Pueblo! It's shaping up to be an informative and educational event and we hope to see you there. DT is participating/hosting several of the sessions. Be sure to check out the CMAC Mobility Management sessions Tuesday and Wednesday; the ADA bus and minivan procurement session Wednesday afternoon; the RTAP Committee Meeting on Wednesday afternoon where we will chat about the new RTAP RFP; the School Bus and Charter Bus rule training Thursday afternoon; and our session on FTA funding Friday morning to close out the conference.
A lot is happening and we want you to be a part of it so please check your schedule for the conference events and times.
A reminder that the Grant Partner Manual is still open for comments. It is available online at
. The deadline is the close of business on Friday, April 29 so be sure to get your comments in! There is a link at the website mentioned above. The first edition is scheduled to be issued during the CASTA conference!
It's update time! The Planning & Infrastructure Unit at DTR is opening the 2017 Operating Update Call this week. You will be able to go into COTRAMS to view your application for 2017 funding. The application contains all the information you submitted with your 2016-2017 application last year, including your second year budget. A separate email from David Averill will contain this year's instructions and guidance. The deadline is June 10, 2016.
The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is accepting applications for the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP), which allocates federal funds to projects that expands travel choices, strengthens local economies, improves quality of life and protects the environment. A significant number of projects are for non-motorized uses, like biking and walking.
CDOT will be awarding approximately $22 million to TAP projects statewide for fiscal years 2018 through 2020. All applications need to be submitted by August 1, 2016.
Eligible applicants include local governments, regional transportation authorities, transit agencies, natural resource or public land agencies, schools or school districts, tribal governments, and/or any other local or regional government entity. Non-profits may apply by partnering with any of the above entities.
TAP projects are selected via a competitive scoring process based on criteria identified in the TAP Guidelines and Application on the CDOT website:
. Please visit this website for more information about eligibility, who to contact, and other important information.
It's time for scoping! With the capital call from this past Fall complete, the grants unit is preparing to begin the process of finalizing scopes of work for the awards. Over the next few weeks, you can expect to hear from your grant coordinator about your capital scopes of work. This is part of DTRs continuing commitment to reducing the timeline between application and grant agreement. A reminder that FASTER projects won't begin scoping until June at the earliest due to state funding requirements.
A reminder that CDOT is "shopping" its rural regional plan to the transportation planning regions (TPRs) over the next few weeks. We encourage you to participate in your next TPR meeting and put in your 2¢!
Spring is almost here, just a couple more snowstorms away. Stay safe out there and we look forward to seeing you at CASTA in Pueblo!