GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – Ever-changing safety protocols and bus driver shortages around the state are major discussion points at the annual ‘CASTA’ Fall Conference and Expo this week in Grand Junction.
The conference is meant for different transportation agencies to speak about transit management, driver safety, mobility, and policy issues.
Coming out of a year of setbacks and shutdowns for Colorado’s public transit, participants of the expo say these conversations are necessary now more than ever,
“A lot of the ways we do transit have changed over the last year, year and a half, and so it’s a really important time to come together,” explains CASTA’s Executive Director Annra Jewski.
CASTA aims to have more uniform-protocols in buses across the state,
“Yet many of the conversations focus not just on Colorado transportation, but Mesa County’s, and how we can improve transit right here at the local level,” says KREX5’s Reilly Spence.
Exciting news to come from the conference is the release of Grand Valley Transit’s brand new bus, just in time for their 21-year anniversary,
“It just arrived here yesterday at noon and so we’re really excited to have it for our anniversary celebration tonight,” says Mesa County Transportation’s Sarah Brooks.
GVT says there is more to the bus than just a fresh look, however, the bus operates on ‘CNG,’ a cleaner source of fuel,
“So that’s compressed natural gas and that is actually gas that is produced from the sewage that goes into the Persigo Waste Water Treatment Plant,” continues Brooks.
You can see more of these buses rolling into town in the near future.
The conference ends on Friday, September 17th, but the discussions on safe and convenient travel will not end there. From bus improvements to public transportation expansions, Mesa County has a lot to look forward to in the upcoming months.