Washington, D.C. – Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet today welcomed an announcement that the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) will receive a $12 million Buses and Bus Facilities Program grant from the Department of Transportation (DOT) to build a new transit facility for Grand County’s only form of public transportation, the Lift. Earlier this month, Bennet sent a letter to Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao advocating for the grant.
Since the Lift was created three years ago, the fleet of buses, which serves the Fraser Valley by connecting Winter Park, Fraser, and Granby, has amassed over 500,000 riders who depend on the Lift for transportation to their places of work, doctors, and other community engagements. This grant will enable the Town of Winter Park to build a new transit facility, ensuring safe working and riding conditions for operators, riders, and maintenance technicians.
“The Lift has been extremely valuable for residents and visitors of Grand County – as the only public transportation in all of the county, modernizing its facilities will set the Lift up for success well into the future,” said Bennet. “Investments in transportation infrastructure like this strengthen and connect our communities and boost local economies, and I’m glad the Town of Winter Park has received this much-needed $12 million grant to help advance that goal.”
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