Transportation manager chosen for Transit and Rail Advisory panel

Grand Junction resident Todd Hollenbeck was appointed Friday to a newly created committee designed to help the Colorado Department of Transportation deal with transit and rail issues.

The 17-member Transit and Rail Advisory Committee is to make recommendations to CDOT’s recently formed Division of Transit and Rail on such things as promotion, planning, designing and financing of passenger rail, bus and advanced guideway systems.

“We’d always love to see more funding, but I think right now the intent is just to bring this panel together and function on a statewide level in order to create a statewide mission for this division,” said Hollenbeck, manager of the Mesa County Regional Transportation Planning Office. “The panel’s pretty even between rail and transit. When you’re talking about moving a lot of people and freight and goods, obviously rail’s a part of that, but transit will play a large part, too. Demand is not decreasing for improved transit systems.”

The new panel is part of a reorganization effort within CDOT to push for more rail and transit projects statewide.

The committee and division were created by the Legislature in 2009 as part of a bill that increased vehicle registration fees to provide funding for the state’s road, bridge, rail and transit projects.

Last month, Grand Valley Transit was among the first groups in the state to receive a grant from those funds. It received $800,000 to help build a new transfer station near the Mesa Mall.


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