Plans to build a new $6.4 million parking and shelter facility designed to house city buses in Colorado Springs are moving forward with funding from Washington of just over $758,000.
That funding is coming through the Federal Transit Authority’s Buses and Facilities Infrastructure Program, which this spring has announced funding for 139 bus-related projects nationally, at a total cost of $264 million.
The money will help pay for both the design and construction of a facility that will go up on the eastern side of Colorado Springs adjacent to a site used by the city’s Streets Division Department.
The project will be undertaken by the Mountain Metro Transit system, which is expected to secure additional funding for the garage from the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority, as well as other sources.
The city’s bus fleet, which includes more than 40 buses, is currently housed underneath a canopy on city-owned property off of the Hancock Expressway.
In announcing the money for the project, the FTA noted that that because Colorado Spring’s buses are non-stop exposed to the elements, it has resulted in “increasing maintenance costs.”
“The storage facility will provide operational stability and improve the longevity of Mountain Metro Transit’s fleet,” the FTA said.
By Garry Boulard
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