CDOT Setting Up New Committee for Transit & Rail Division

November 3, 2010 - Statewide Transportation Plan - Interested Individuals Encouraged to Apply - DENVER – Colorado’s Department of Transportation’s (CDOT) is looking for a few good people to help direct its new Division of Transit and Rail.

The Transit and Rail Advisory Committee will make recommendations to the Division Director and provide input to the Colorado Transportation Commission regarding the Division’s focus.   It also will:

  • Advise on the Division’s vision
  • Help promote the Division and be a positive voice for transit and rail
  • Make recommendations on the use of transit and rail funds
  • Work with the Statewide Transportation Advisory Committee (STAC) on planning-related issues
  • Advise on transit and rail policy issues
  • Serve as sounding board for and provide advice on stakeholder issues
  • Advise Director on development of goals, program emphasis and early action items
  • Participate on other CDOT committees related to transit and rail

The Committee will consist of 11 to 15 members, be geographically and stakeholder balanced, with at least one representative from the following interest groups:  urban transit, rural transit, passenger rail, freight rail (Class 1 and short-lines), municipalities, counties, and the STAC, including representation of Metropolitan Planning Organizations.  Members will serve for two to three years, receive no compensation, and meet at least six times a year.

“Some initial action items include identifying gaps in transit services, and exploring potential new transit and rail services, including high-speed rail,” said CDOT Division of Transit and Rail Director Mark Imhoff.  “Although this committee won’t be making funding decisions, it will be providing recommendations that’ll enhance mobility in Colorado.”

Membership applications are available at: Individuals are discouraged from providing work histories, resumes or letters of recommendation.   Applications are due no later than November 19, 2010.

Created by legislation in 2009, the Division oversees the statewide transit program, which will promote, plan, design, finance, operate, maintain and contract for transit services such as passenger rail, buses and advanced guideway systems.