South Routt shuttle project gets grant

CDOT awards $12K, requires matching funds from county

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Get in the pool

If you would like to subscribe to the South Routt Vanpool Pilot Project, provide the following information in an e-mail to DMitschBush@co.ro..., or call Routt County Commissioner Diane Mitsch Bush at 870-5220.

- Your home address, with nearest cross streets or highway crossing and whether it is Yampa, Oak Creek, Phippsburg or Stagecoach.

- Time you need to be at work in the morning.

- Your workplace location in Steamboat Springs (address and cross streets).

- The time you would like to leave for home.

- Days of week you think you might like to use this service:

1. Monday to Friday (5 days)

2. Monday to Thursday (4 days)

3. 3 days; please indicate which days

4. 2 days; please indicate which days

5. 1 day; please indicate which day.

— The trip from South Routt County to Steamboat Springs may become more convenient beginning in 2010 if Routt County commissioners can come up with $12,476.

The Colorado Department of Transportation awarded $12,476 on Friday to the South Routt Vanpool Pilot Project on the condition that the county provide matching funds. To do that, Commissioner Diane Mitsch Bush is first compiling a list of interested Yampa, Phippsburg, Oak Creek and Stagecoach residents who would be interested in using the daily service.

Mitsch Bush said the anticipated round-trip cost is $6.

"This includes the option of an emergency ride should you get sick or need to deal with sick children or other emergencies for which you need a ride or a vehicle," she wrote in an e-mail.

Mitch Bush said the grant is the result of a yearlong study, meetings, surveys, consultant studies and conversations.

"We will work very hard to get that match," she said. "We still have lots of work to do, but it's exciting that we won the grant."

Commissioners also sent surveys to major employers in the county, asking whether they would be willing to contribute to the project. Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak said the companies have said they don't have much money to give.

Stahoviak said if the program is successful, it could be expanded to other areas of the county, including Hayden.

In 2007, commissioners surveyed South Routt residents and received 135 responses about the potential use of a shuttle system. Of those, 103 respondents expressed interest in using the shuttle. The county also received a CDOT grant to conduct the initial study of the project.

Routt County Road 14

Mitsch Bush on Monday also announced that a team of Routt County officials applied for a $13.9 million federal grant for the repair of Routt County Road 14.

Since July 1, Routt County Road and Bridge employees, attorneys, financial employees and Mitsch Bush have worked to complete the grant, she wrote in an e-mail.

The money, from the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery fund would be used to "redesign, reconstruct and realign segments of a 5.2 mile section of C.R. 14," according to the grant application.

Mitch Bush said she expects to hear back on the grant by April.

Comments

justice4all 5 years ago

Our city and county represenitives are soooo interested in getting more and "affordable" housing that they are willing to spend a ton of our money to get developements under way. How about we take care of the people that are already here instead. Sounds like a bus ride is much less costly to us than another developement. ELECTED REPS: SUPPORT THE BUS! After all, outlying areas such as Oak Creek and Hayden are where the "working class" come from to support our county. Without us, you would be hard pressed to find someone to serve your meals or do your laundry.

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