CASTA is pleased to administer the Ozone Season Transit Grant Program (OSTGP) in Colorado on behalf of the Colorado Energy Office (CEO). The program provides grants to eligible transit agencies in order to offer free transit services for a minimum of thirty days during ozone season.

CASTA and CEO have developed the OZONE SEASON TRANSIT GRANT PROGRAM policy to administer grant funding to eligible agencies. You can read the policy here.

  • Applicant Eligibility: Transit agencies that operate in the state of Colorado that are eligible to receive money under a grant authorized by 49 u.s.c. sec. 5307 or 49 u.s.c. sec. 5311 are eligible to apply for grant funding.
  • Expense Eligibility: 
    • An eligible transit agency that receives a grant through CASTA may use the money to cover the costs associated with providing new or expanded free transit services within its service area during ozone season including offering additional free routes or expanding service on routes for which the eligible transit agency currently offers free service.
    • Grant money may be used to replace farebox revenue and to pay for other expenses necessary to implement the program, including expenses associated with an increase in ridership as a result of the program.
    • an eligible transit agency shall not use grant money to offset or replace funding for free transit services that the eligible transit agency offered as of January 1 of the grant year.

Application Deadline: Will be posted here

Application Process

  1. To apply for a grant, applicants can submit a completed Ozone Season Transit Grant Application Form
  2. Once an application is submitted, CASTA staff will review the application for completeness and to remove any deficiencies.
  3. If there are no deficiencies remaining, the application will be reviewed by OSTG Workgroup. The OSTG Workgroup provides final approval for grant awards.
  4. Individuals will be notified in writing, by email, of approval with an Ozone Season Transit Grant Award Letter and Agreement.

Receiving Grant Funds

The Ozone Season Transit Grant Program is a reimbursement grant. This means that grantees will submit expenses for reimbursement using the Ozone Season Transit Grantee Agency Reimbursement Form. This form must be completed within 30 days of each month for which grant money was used.


Reporting

Within 65 days of completion of Ozone Season, grantee agencies are required to submit the Ozone Season Transit Grantee Agency Ridership Report. This form will have you include estimates of the change in ridership during the period that free services were offered compared to the two previous months, the same month in previous two years, and the two months after the program concluded. 

Additionally, this form will provide an opportunity for grantee agencies to share stories of rider experiences related to the new or expanded free transit provided by the agency.


Contacts

If you have any questions regarding this program please contact us.

Program Director: Joseph Parks | josephp@coloradotransit.com | 303.839.4197

Program Manager: TBA