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New Group Assisting CDOT’s Transit & Rail Division

January 7, 2011 - Statewide Transportation Plan - DENVER – A newly-formed committee is in place and set to help guide and support the Colorado Department of Transportation’s (CDOT) Division of Transit and Rail.

The 17-member Transit and Rail Advisory Committee (TRAC), appointed by CDOT Executive Director Russell George, will be making recommendations to the Division’s Director and providing input to the Colorado Transportation Commission regarding the Division’s focus.

“There’s a lot of work that needs to be accomplished by the new committee,” says CDOT Division of Transit and Rail Director Mark Imhoff.  “Some of those initial action items include exploring what gaps we have in transit services, looking at new possibilities for transit and rail, and advising on the best way to utilize the department’s public transportation funding.”

TRAC members Affiliation

  • Tom Allen                          South Central Council of Governments (Trinidad area)
  • Gary Beedy                        Lincoln County
  • Terri A. Binder                   Citizen
  • Craig Blewitt                      Mountain Metropolitan Transit (Colorado Springs area)
  • Richard M. Hartman            Union Pacific Railroad
  • Todd Hollenbeck                Grand Valley Metropolitan Planning Organization (Grand Junction area)
  • Jonathan Hutchison            Amtrak
  • David Johnson                    Roaring Fork Transit Authority (Glenwood Springs/Aspen area)
  • Douglas Lehnen                  Rocky Mountain Rail Authority
  • Matthew O’Neill                 Colorado Municipal League (Windsor)
  • Michael Penny                    I-70 Coalition
  • Ann Rajewski/Elena Wilken   Colorado Association of Transit Agencies
  • Peter J Rickershauser         OmniTrax (northern Colorado shortline railroad)
  • James Souby                      Colorado Rail Passenger Association
  • Michael E. Timlin                Greyhound
  • Bill VanMeter                     Regional Transportation District (Denver Metropolitan Area)
  • Scott Weeks                      Denver Regional Council of Governments/Western High Speed Rail Alliance

Members will serve for two to three years, and meet at least six times a year.

“The TRAC represents Colorado well, both geographically and affiliation-wise,” adds Imhoff.  “We’re excited to get together and begin developing a more comprehensive vision and direction for the Division.”

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.

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