State Initiatives

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CASTA’s unique and effective state-level advocacy initiatives include legislation, cabinet-level policy discussions, and building relationships with like-minded organizations.

Current efforts

HB12-1242 – New Transportation Infrastructure Funding Revenue

CASTA commends the leadership in legislation that will provide long-term, sustainable transportation funding for Coloroado.
March 22, 2017 Bill passes House Energy and Transportation Committee on a 8-5 party line vote.
February 2017 – CASTA joins forces with other transportation advoacy groups to urge legislatures to develop legislation to fund Colorado’s transportation system.

If you are not sure of their contact information, the Colorado General Assembly has provided a very handy look-up tool. Type in your ZIP code and then click on the legislator’s picture for their phone number and email

Federal Transit Funds Distribution in Colorado

CASTA Board of Directors are working with CDOT on the revised 5310/5311 distribution methodology.

HB1018 – RTA Property Tax Extension

CASTA testified in support of HB-1018 ( to extend the sunset on RTA’s ability to use property tax as a funding option).  Many thanks to the other folks who also testified in support:  Dan Blankenship (RFTA), Jacque Whitsitt (Mayor of Basalt), and representatives from CML, Pikes Peak RTA and the new San Miguel County RTA.  The bill passed the house and the bill will be signed in ceremony on March 1, 2017.

CDL Licensing – a Breakthrough!
CASTA is proud to announce that seasonal transit drivers working for Colorado agencies do not need to get a Colorado CDL if they have a CDL in good standing from another state. For more information and details please follow the link below to read the bulletin from the Colorado Department of Revenue.

CDL Entry Level Training (EDLT) Update
Have you heard wondered about the new CDL ELDT rule implementation in Colorado? CASTA contacted Carol Gustafson Olds, the CDL coordinator for Colorado at the Department of Revenue for answers to CASTA members’ questions.
Carol explained that Colorado is not required to fully implement these changes until February 2020 and won’t make any further decisions about the timing of the implementation in Colorado until after the April CDL coordinators meeting. She added “As of now, the new rule is not specific as to how many hours of classroom or behind the wheel training is needed. Once the state figures how to transmit the required information on training completion, we will let all the third party testing units know.”
We will keep everyone updated once we hear more and in the meantime, please feel free to peruse the FMCSA website for more detailed information.

Statewide Elder and Adult IDD Abuse Reporting Required by Transit Drivers
A new law was enacted on July 1, 2016 regarding reporting suspected abuse of at-risk elders and adults with IDD. The list of mandatory reporters includes “Employees, contractors and volunteers operating specialized transportation services for at-risk elders and at-risk adults with IDD”.  Follow the link below to read the full statute. 

Successful Initiatives

  • 2016 – CASTA provided projections for future service demands and funding needs for transit in rural communities for CoPIRG and the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP)  paper.   You can read the full report here:  Colorado’s Transit, Biking & Walking Needs Over The Next 25 Years
  • 2016 – Worked with RTD on legislation that allows buses to operate on shoulders when specific congestion criteria are met. Defeated effort to eliminate transit portion of FASTER funding.
  • 2013 – Advocated successfully to include transit projects as eligible projects for Highway Users Trust Fund dollars. Defeated effort to eliminate transit portion of FASTER funding.
  • 2009 – Lobbied successfully for legislation that allowed transit systems to implement Yield To Bus programs. Defeated effort to eliminate transit portion of FASTER funding.
  • 2009 – Portion of FASTER vehicle registration fees dedicated to transit. Created and staffed the Division of Transit and Rail at CDOT as well as providing $15 million a year for transit projects.
  • 200? – Authorized Regional Transportation Authorities to request property tax as funding source.
  • 2006 – the first time funding flowed into SB 1 program providing $21.5 million distributed through a competitive statewide grant program.
  • 2002 – 10% of Senate Bill 1 dollars dedicated to transit.