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RTD gets $11M in federal grants for buses, roofs

Author: Mark Harden - September 25, 2018 - Updated: September 25, 2018

An RTD bus in Broomfield. (LindaJoHeilman / iStock / Getty Images)

The Regional Transportation District has been awarded a total of $11 million in federal grants for new buses and to replace roofs on its maintenance facilities, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced Tuesday.

The metro-Denver transit agency scored the lion’s share of the $15.9 million in grants for Colorado bus-transit projects awarded by the federal agency under its Buses and Bus Facilities Infrastructure Investment Program.

“These grants will help rebuild and modernize bus systems across the country for greater safety,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said in announcing $366.2 million in bus grants nationwide.

The grants for RTD were awarded in two blocks, the announcement said:

  • $7,497,000 — “To purchase replacement buses. The new buses will improve the agency’s bus fleet, reduce maintenance costs and improve service reliability.”
  • $3,503,000 — “To replace roofs on existing maintenance facilities. This project will help reduce operating and maintenance costs while enhancing transit service in the growing Denver region.”

The Transportation Department also announced grants to other Colorado transit programs:

  • $2,231,500 — To the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) for the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority, to replace diesel buses with clean-diesel commuter coaches.
  • $1,520,344 — To the City of Fort Collins’ Transfort system, to replace and expand bus stops.
  • $536,000 — To CDOT for Steamboat Springs Transit, to replace diesel buses with hybrid diesel-electric vehicles.
  • $392,000 — To Mesa County for Grand Valley Transit, to replace old buses.
  • $211,200 — To CDOT for Durango Transit, to replace old vehicles.

The federal Transportation Department said chose 107 projects to fund in all 50 states out of 339 projects submitted. The total cost of all submitted projects would have been about $2 billion, the agency said.

Mark Harden

Mark Harden

Mark Harden is managing editor of Colorado Politics. He previously was news director at the Denver Business Journal; city editor, online news editor, state editor, national editor and popular music critic at The Denver Post; and an editor and reporter at newspapers in the Seattle area and San Francisco.