PUEBLO—Pueblo Transit was recently awarded two separate grants which improve transportation plans for the Pueblo commuter population. The awards from the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Local Multimodal Transportation and Mitigation Options Funds (MMOF) total $580,000. These awards to Pueblo Transit will assist with commuting needs to the Pueblo Memorial Airport Industrial Park.
“These grant awards for Pueblo Transit will be instrumental with the growth we are experiencing in Pueblo, the rising cost of gas and assisting with convenience for commuters,” said Director of Pueblo Transit Ben Valdez. “Expanding access for this population has been a priority for us and we are grateful for the opportunity to implement a new service to this area of Pueblo.”
The $400,000 grant award from the Local MMOF award is awarded by the Metropolitan Planning Organization which in Pueblo’s case is the Pueblo Area Council of Governments (PACOG). This award and commuter creation is helpful to those that ride to and from work an average of three or more days a week and with a round trip of more than 15 miles for the commute.
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced on June 23, the award of more than $16 million in grants to help communities improve transportation in communities of persistent poverty. Of that $16 million award, Pueblo received $180,000 which coincides with creation of vanpools, subsidized by the City of Pueblo to help meet the commuting needs of individuals who reside or work in Pueblo.
The Areas of Persistent Poverty Program with the U.S. Department of Transportation is based on census tract data and supports state or local government entities for planning and financial plans for projects. This project is intended to improve transit access for environmental justice populations, provide equity-focused community outreach in underserved communities and remove barriers to opportunity. This grant for Pueblo Transit’s project was one of 40 grants awarded across the United States.
“We are looking forward to increasing affordable transportation availability in the Pueblo area, especially to the Pueblo Memorial Airport Industrial Park,” said Mayor of Pueblo Nick Gradisar. “This new plan will also assist as we recruit new businesses to open and expand in our city.”
Next steps of the project for Pueblo Transit include contracting with corporate hosts in the Industrial Park of Pueblo to launch the program and ensure its success. For more information about partnership for commuter plans or hosting a van pool, contact Pueblo Transit at 719-553-2725.