Visitor shuttle in Rocky Mountains National Park Colorado USA

A visitor shuttle takes tourists to attractions in Rocky Mountains National Park in Colorado.

The U.S. Department of Transportation announced on Nov. 25 that Colorado will receive $18 million as part of a nationwide $423 million investment in transit.

The largest award, $12 million, will go to Winter Park Lift to construct a bus maintenance facility. The town of Breckenridge, the city of Colorado Springs, and the state’s Department of Transportation also will receive money. CDOT will use the money for the Breckenridge Free Ride, Roaring Fork Transportation Authority, Snowmass Village Shuttle and Laradon Hall Society for Exceptional Children and Adults in Denver.

Citing Colorado’s rapidly increasing population, U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner said he is “pleased the Department of Transportation continues to recognize the importance of these projects to Colorado.”

The Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program provides funds to replace, buy, and overhaul buses and associated facilities. The Federal Transit Administration received $1.9 billion in requests for the latest award. Of the transit-riding population, more people uses buses than any other form of transportation.

Separately, the DOT announced on Nov. 22 that two rural Colorado airports would benefit from the Airport Improvement Program.

Durango-La Plata County Airport will receive $2.5 million to acquire land for development and the Yampa Valley Airport in Hayden will receive $1.5 million to expand its terminal.

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