The Colorado Department of Transportation launches its first ever Statewide Transit Plan. CDOT Public Information Officer Bob Wilson says the 18-month long study will examine the state’s public transportation needs and it won’t just focus on communities along the Front Range either. Wilson says CDOT Planners are very cognizant of the challenges facing rural residents like folks in Montrose, who sometimes struggle to make it to cities like Grand Junction, Denver, and Durango in order to get medical treatment or board a commercial flight.
Wilson says that alongside the Statewide Transit Plan is the development of the Local Transit and Human Service Transportation Coordination Plans (Local Plans) for the state’s rural Transportation Planning Regions (TPR). The Local Plans will be integrated into the Statewide Transit Plan and the Regional Transportation Plans, along with the developed transit plans of various metropolitan planning organizations, providing a complete picture of existing transit services, future transit needs, and overall transit service gaps statewide. Funding and financial needs also will be assessed.
Both the Statewide Transit Plan and the Regional Transportation Plans will be integrated into the Statewide Transportation Plan, which is currently being developed.