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Transit Projects Funded by ARRA

ARRA Overview

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The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) was signed into law by President Barack Obama on February 17, 2009. ARRA includes appropriations and tax law changes totaling approximately $787 billion to support government wide efforts to stimulate the economy. Goals of the statute include the preservation or creation of jobs and the promotion of economic recovery, as well as investment in transportation, environmental protection and other infrastructure providing long-term economic benefits.

Over $48 billion of available ARRA funds will be invested in transportation infrastructure, including $8.4 billion for transit capital improvements made available through Federal Transit Administration (FTA) programs.  ARRA funds may be used only for capital projects, with the exception of ten percent which the federal government has approved for operating costs.  No local funding share is required.   

Local Transit Projects

The City of Colorado Springs Transit Services Division/Mountain Metropolitan Transit will receive approximately $8.8 million in one-time ARRA funds that will allow the opportunity to improve service for transit customers.  Approved transit projects are dedicated to making improvements that would have otherwise been impossible due to the current challenging financial climate.  These local projects include:

Full Ten Percent (10%) Funds Allowable for Service Operations             $878,889

o        The maximum amount of ARRA funds allowed for transit operating expenses will go to third-party contract costs for providing Mountain Metro fixed-route bus service in the Pikes Peak region in 2010.

o        SAVINGS:  $878,889 in PPRTA contractual costs for 2010.

o        CUSTOMER BENEFIT:  This unprecedented use of federal funds for transit operating expenses has effectively decreased the amount of service cuts dictated by shortfalls in the 2010 Colorado Springs City Budget.

 
Preventative Maintenance, Capital Cost of Contracting, Americans        $4,550,000

with Disabilities Act (ADA) Paratransit Operating Costs

o        Funds will be applied to projected 2010 routine preventative maintenance costs (per manufacturer guidelines, Colorado Department of Transportation state safety requirements, and ADA federal requirements) for Metro Mobility ADA paratransit vehicles including updating, accumulating, and computing vehicle maintenance records and performance data; preventative maintenance costs for transit's general administration building and grounds;  maintenance costs for passenger transfer stations; and capital costs associated with contracted fixed-route bus service.

o        SAVINGS:   $568,453 in PPRTA local match requirements for 2010; $341,547 in PPRTA local match requirements for 2011 and a portion of 2012.

o        CUSTOMER BENEFIT:  Savings will be applied to maintaining/providing service.
 

New Contractor Facility Construction (1070 Transit Drive)                   $500,000

o        Funds will go to the construction of a new contractor facility in 2010.

o        SAVINGS:  Upon completion, construction of the new facility will provide $247,000 savings in annual leasing fees that paid for previous contractor facilities.

o        CUSTOMER BENEFIT:  Savings will be applied to maintaining/providing service.

 

ADA Paratransit Van Replacement (29 vans)                                      $1,650,000

o        Funds will be used to replace twenty-nine (29) Metro Mobility ADA paratransit vehicles that have met their useful life.

o        SAVINGS:  Reduced overall maintenance costs.

o        CUSTOMER BENEFIT:  New vehicles will allow for continued safe, reliable transportation.

 

Service Vehicle Replacement (3 vehicles)                                         $117,110

o        Funds will be used to replace three (3) transit operations support vehicles that have met their useful life.

o        SAVINGS:  Reduced maintenance costs.

o        CUSTOMER BENEFIT:  New support vehicles will provide continued dependable and efficient roadside service for both Mountain Metro fixed-route and Metro Mobility ADA paratransit vehicles.

 

Downtown Terminal Building Renovations                                          $100,000

o        Funds will be used to make improvements to the Downtown Terminal including upgrading fixtures, repainting, new flooring, ceiling work, and other renovation work.

o        CUSTOMER BENEFIT:  Facility improvements will allow for improved customer service and safety.

 

Onboard Security Cameras                                                             $785,000

o        Funds will be used to purchase and install state-of-the-art security/surveillance equipment for all Mountain Metro fixed-route and Metro Mobility ADA paratransit vehicles.

o        CUSTOMER BENEFIT:  By functioning as deterrents to criminal activity and inappropriate behavior, onboard cameras provide passengers and drivers with an added sense of security and can also supply valuable evidence during investigations.

 

Downtown Terminal and Transfer Station Security                              $120,004

o        Funds will be used to purchase and install state-of-the-art security/surveillance equipment at the Downtown Terminal and Citadel Transfer Station.

o        CUSTOMER BENEFIT:  By functioning as deterrents to criminal activity and inappropriate behavior, terminal and transfer station cameras will provide passengers and drivers with an added sense of security and can also supply valuable evidence during investigations.

 

ADA Pedestrian Improvements                                                        $87,890

o        Funds will be used to purchase and install truncated domes and directional pathways for the Downtown Terminal to assist the visually impaired.

o        CUSTOMER BENEFIT:  Installation of tactile warning devices will provide improved Downtown Terminal accessibility and safety for visually impaired riders.

 

For easy access to data related to Recovery Act spending, please visit the U.S. government's official website:  www.Recovery.gov.