Palisade asking for used buses from GVT

The buses Palisade seeks are 12-seaters, one from model year 1999 and the other from 2000.

The town of Palisade is looking for a free ride.

A request was made earlier this month by Palisade Mayor David Walker to the Mesa County Commission for two decommissioned Grand Valley Transit buses. The request is unusual in that if approved, it would be the first time GVT has donated buses to a municipality.

“They are not wanting to compete against Grand Valley Transit,” said Todd Hollenbeck, director of the Grand Valley Regional Transportation Planning Office, which oversees GVT’s operations.

In Mayor Walker’s letter he said the buses would be used for official trips and tours, transportation for special events and for other events that may need “free mass transit on occasion.”

GVT has donated used buses to nonprofit organizations in the past, but never to a city,

Hollenbeck said. The buses Palisade seeks are 12-seaters, one from model year 1999 and the other from 2000. They originally sold for $35,000, and Hollenbeck estimates their current value at $500 apiece.

The Grand Valley Regional Transportation Planning Office will consider the request at its meeting on April 27. The board members come from its local funding partners: Palisade, Grand Junction, Mesa County and Fruita.

The April meeting will be the last before the planning office’s new $4 million headquarters opens May 21 on the corner of South Avenue and Fifth Street.

Grand Junction and Mesa County donated $800,000 worth of land, and a $3.2 million state grant covered construction, Hollenbeck said.

“This is a big step for Grand Valley Transit. This is a permanent location, a main hub for the system,” he said. “It definitely is a turning point. This is a great facility. It is going to serve a lot of purposes not only for our program, but for the riders.”


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