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City transit system receives $2.4M federal grant

Pandemic has not interrupted COLT’s service to community

Post Date:06/18/2020 5:23 PM

Contact:  Tom Hacker, Public Information Officer, 970-962-2302 

Loveland’s bus service, in continuous operation while many City services and facilities have been curtailed by COVID-19, has received a welcome boost from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s share of a federal pandemic aid package.

A $2.4 million CARES Act grant will cover the expenses COLT has incurred during the past several months, and ensure that it remains able to provide essential service to Loveland residents as the pandemic’s effects continue. 

COLT will use the money to support bus and paratransit services and to maintain and service its vehicles as required by the public health emergency. 

“We are very appreciative of these funds as it allows COLT to maintain current service levels for our customers who rely on us daily for their transportation and mobility needs,” Loveland Public Works Director Mark Jackson said. “It also allows us to temporarily lessen the funding burden on our strained City resources during the pandemic response.” 

The Loveland grant represents a tiny share of a $25 billion aid package for public transportation systems nationwide. 

“We know that many of our nation’s public transportation systems are facing extraordinary challenges and these funds will go a long way to assisting our transit industry partners in battling COVID-19,” Federal Transit Administration Acting Administrator K. Jane Williams said.”  

COLT has observed all recommended public health practices, including face coverings, social distancing, frequent hand washing and facility and vehicle cleaning. In addition, COLT has installed transparent barriers in its buses to further safeguard passengers and drivers. 

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