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9D65579C5C7311F787258727006D3269 Hearing Summary




PUBLIC
BILL SUMMARY For PRESENTATION FROM COLORADO ASSOCIATION OF TRANSIT AGENCIES

INTERIM COMMITTEE  TRANSPORTATION LEGISLATION REVIEW COMMITTEE
Date Aug 4, 2021      
Location Old State Library



Presentation from Colorado Association of Transit Agencies - Committee Discussion Only


01:52:45 PM  
Ann Rejewski, 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.  





Common challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic include rider access to
work.  However, Ann indicated that new services were provided during
the pandemic, such as transportation to vaccination sites.  Impacts
on ridership have varied.  For example, ECO Transit has reported that
tourism was down to 15 percent, but has recently recovered to 70 percent.
 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 US 160.  New services are providing access to medical
servces; the Division of Motor Vehicles; and employment.
02:01:21 PM  
Additional projects
include the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority maintenance facility
expansion in Glenwood Springs to meet expected 60 percent population growth
in the valley.  Ms. Rajewski 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.  The
council is working on Commercial Driver License training and testing programs
through partnerships in the counties, Ft. Lyon, City of LaJunta, and local
workforce coordinators to provide a pipeline for transportation drivers.
  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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