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Udall drives for funds for Bus Rapid Transit

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Second District Congressman Mark Udall, D-Boulder, announced Monday he is seeking $4.4 billion in federal funding for 13 transportation projects, including $64 million for the Roaring Fork Transit Authority Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project.

The proposed BRT’s total projected cost is $128 million.

The BRT would include heated transit stations in towns from Aspen to Glenwood Springs, high-priority lanes for buses along Highway 82, computerized systems to better schedule buses and alternative fuel vehicles.

RFTA spokeswoman Alice Hubbard said 3rd District Congressman Scott McInnis, R-Grand Junction, submitted to Congress a proposal similar to Udall’s.

She noted the BRT request is just the first step in a long process, and there is no guarantee that Congress will fund it.

“This just gives us permission to ask for the money over the next six years,” Hubbard said.

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