CASTA’s unique and effective state-level advocacy initiatives include legislation, cabinet-level policy discussions, and building relationships with like-minded organizations.
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.
- CDOT’s 5310-and-5311-distribution-methodology
- CDOT Q&A responses_09-20-2016
- 5311/5310 CASTA Meeting Notes (December 12, 2016)
- 5311 CDOT Subcommittee presentation 12-13-16
- 5311/5310 CASTA Membership Meeting January 4, 2017
- 5311 CDOT Sub Cmtte 1-11-16
- 5311/5310 Membership Meeting Notes 01/18/17
- 5311 Sub-Committee 4-5 2017
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.
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.
- 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.