Considering becoming a CASTA member? Read on to learn about CASTA’s 2018 accomplishments & goals for 2019.
2018 has been a strong year for transit in Colorado. CASTA and its membership enjoyed a number of successes in 2018 including:
- Senate Bill 1, the first bill presented at the 2018 session and one of the last to be voted on, set aside $96.75 million for multimodal projects over the next two years.
- CASTA staff testified on behalf of Colorado transit on three different bills during the session and met with both the Speaker of the House and the President of the Senate regarding SB1.
- CASTA partnered with CDOT to provide assistance for the two statewide consolidated grant opportunities which both brought significant returns to the state; the Low or No Emission Vehicle Program awarded $3,903,266 in funding to Colorado agencies and the Bus and Bus Facility Program awarded our agencies $15,891,004.
- CASTA was asked to provide presentations for a number of groups from around the state over the year, most notably at the CDOT Transportation Summit where the session was attended by 400 people.
- As the administrator of the RTAP funds for Colorado CASTA provided 31 regional and local training opportunities attended by more than 400 rural transit professionals.
- In addition, CASTA provided 13 training opportunities for our urban transit members.
- Ann chaired the Transit and Rail Advisory Committee and participated on a number of TRAC and TRAC/STAC sub committees including the subcommittee that put together the formula for CDOT’s Transit Development List.
- This fall CASTA hosted the National Conference on Rural Public and Intercity Bus Transportation. We hosted more than 400 transit professionals from around the nation bringing a broader scope to the sessions presented and finished with a day devoted to Colorado Transit.
2019 is looking to be an exciting year as we work on an ambitious agenda that includes:
- Continuing the statewide transportation funding conversation.
- Begin work on the FASTER Reauthorization in DC to ensure that Colorado transit’s interests are considered.
- Provide a year of valuable and relevant professional training opportunities to transit professionals around the state and at various points in their careers.
One of the most exciting initiatives we will be working on is implementing CASTA’s new Professional Transit Driver Certification. This program has been in development over the past few months by a small committee of CASTA members. The certification is meant to be a tool agencies can use to encourage drivers to maintain the highest level of professionalism, increase driver training opportunities, as a reward for driver service and to help with retention. The program will begin in January so be on the look-out for details in early 2019.
Although Proposition 110 didn’t win at the ballot box it did push the statewide transportation funding discussion forward. And most importantly for CASTA members, transit continues to be a key part of that discussion. The incoming state leadership has made it clear that they believe Colorado voters want a transportation funding solution. CASTA will continue to have a seat at the table as the discussion starts back up in December in preparation for the 2019 legislative session.
It has been an honor serving the CASTA membership in 2018, I hope that our work this year was beneficial to you and your agency, and that you will renew your CASTA membership for 2019. We cannot accomplish anything without your support, we are much stronger together than we are as individual entities!
We hope that our past accomplishments in 2018 and goals for 2019 are beneficial for you and your agency, and that you consider becoming a CASTA member. We cannot accomplish anything without your support.