Durango Transit welcomed a new Main Avenue trolley into service this week, thanks to a competitive grant awarded by the Federal Transportation Administration and the Colorado Department of Transportation.
The City of Durango was the recipient of an FTA 5339 grant award of $165,000, which allows Durango Transit to replace aging fleet and maintain its high level of safe service and reliability.
Replacing transit fleet is critical to keeping maintenance costs low and avoiding potential service delays. Transit ridership relies on the service to be on-time and safe. Funding such as the FTA 5339 grant helps maintain Durango Transit’s commitment to service.
The Colorado Department of Transportation also awarded Durango Transit with a 2022 Multimodal Transportation and Mitigation Options Fund grant of $80,000 to fund the development of a Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Transition Plan for Transit Fleet. This project will develop a long-term fleet management plan to guide the conversion from gasoline-powered buses into ZEVs, reducing emissions of air pollutants and GHG that contribute to adverse environmental impacts. The plan will be completed in early 2023.
“We are grateful for the funding opportunities that allow us to maintain a high level of service for our passengers,” said Transportation Director Sarah Hill. “Durango Transit riders deserve reliable service on safe and clean vehicles, and we will continue to deliver that.”
For route maps and other information, visit DurangoTransit.com.