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9D65579C5C7311F787258727006D3269 Hearing Summary


Date Aug 4, 2021      
Location Old State Library

Presentation from Colorado Association of Transit Agencies - Committee Discussion Only

01:52:45 PM  
Ann Rajewski, representing
the Colorado Association of Transit Agencies (CASTA), provided a PowerPoint
presentation (Attachment J).  The association serves over 50 transportation
agencies and organizations, and provides advocacy for members.  

Ms. Rajewski discussed common challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic,
including rider access to work.  However, Ms. Rajewski  indicated
that new services were provided during the pandemic, such as transportation
to vaccination sites.  She stated that impacts on ridership have varied.
 Ms. Rajewski provided examples from several members showing changes
in ridership and services during the pandemic.

01:58:46 PM  
Ms. Rajewski outlined
new projects being undertaken by member organizations, including a La Plata
and Archuleta regional bus and a Bustang  route from Pagosa Springs
to Durango, along US160.  She stated that new services are providing
access to medical servces, the Division of Motor Vehicles, and employment.
02:01:21 PM  
Ms. Rajewski discussed
additional projects, include the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority
maintenance facility expansion in Glenwood Springs to meet an expected
60 percent population growth in the valley.  She indicated that the
project will assist in mitigating the impacts of higher housing cost burdens
by providing reliable and affordable transportation.  

Ms. Rajewski described SETrans, a regional transportation coordinating
council including Baca, Crowley, Kiowa, Bent, Otero, and Prowers counties.
 She stated that the council is working on commercial driver license
training and testing programs through partnerships in the counties, Ft.
Lyon, City of LaJunta, and with local workforce coordinators to provide
a pipeline for transportation drivers.   She shared that the council
is also working on transit connections from new housing to over 200 jobs
at prisons in Olney Springs and Las Animas.

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