Monday, February 9, 2015

Mesa County Commissioners approve purchase of four new Grand Valley Transit buses

The Grand Valley Transit bus fleet is expanding.

This morning, the Mesa County Commissioners gave the go-ahead to Mesa County's Regional Transportation Planning Office to purchase four new buses for Grand Valley Transit. The 33-foot buses run on compressed natural gas.

Total cost of the buses is $589,880, but thanks to grants and other local dollars, the county will pay only $46,072.

"With this approval, the Commissioners are demonstrating their commitment to Grand Valley Transit," said Mesa County Commissioner Scott McInnis. "This was made possible through the contribution of many partners."

Mesa County received a $432,000 Federal Transit Administration Ladders of Opportunity Initiative grant and a $145,000 grant from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs.  Only $87,000 of the DOLA grant will be used to help pay for these buses, though the rest also helped buy two  new Grand Valley Transit buses: those were purchased in December.

Other contributions:

The City of Grand Junction: $21,264
The City of Fruita: $2,126
The Town of Palisade: $1,418

It's important to county officials to spend wisely, and this is an example of a smart buy, they said.

"This purchase is highly leveraged with state and federal money," said Mesa County Commissioner John Justman."The buses are a valuable community asset because a lot of our citizens depend on them for transportation to and from work."

Grand Valley transit riders should begin seeing the new buses in August or September. 

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