Sold - FrontRange Express Buses
Nine surplus FREX buses put up for sale a third time in an invitation for bid, posted by the City of Colorado Springs, have sold to York County Transportation Authority in Pennsylvania for a total of $1.44M, an average of $160K per bus. Colorado Springs City Council will be asked to make a determination February 9th during their formal session whether local proceeds from the sale may be used to operate FREX service for the remainder of 2010. The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), who owns 80% of FREX buses, has already approved use of state proceeds to sustain the service for the rest of the year. It will be up to Colorado Springs City Council to determine appropriate use of the remaining 20% local proceeds.
Without City Council's approval, FREX service will be terminated in its entirety after Friday, February 12th. Due to budget shortfalls in the 2010 City budget, Mountain Metropolitan Transit has cautioned riders to plan for the possible discontinuation of FREX service since late last summer. "We have a responsibility to the public to make every reasonable effort to maintain the service," says Craig Blewitt, Interim Transit Services Division Manager, "however; appropriate use of the proceeds must be determined by City Council." If Council approves using local proceeds for the continued operation of FREX, the service will maintain its current schedule without interruption until further notice, and transit officials will continue to seek funding options for FREX in 2011 and beyond.Copies of the bid tab can be found on the City's website at www.springsgov.com/rfpArch.aspx after 1:00pm February 8th, or for a faxed copy please call (719) 385-5910. FREX is operated by the City of