Tipton Urges Dept. of Transportation to Focus on Improvements for Roaring Fork and Ft. Carson Areas
WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week Representative Scott Tipton (CO-03) ramped up efforts to highlight several important infrastructure projects with senior officials at the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) in hopes to secure grant funding through the department’s Better Utilizing Investments and Leveraging Development (BUILD) program.
Yesterday Tipton held a call with DOT Assistant Secretary of Governmental Affairs, Adam Sullivan. One of projects discussed during the call was the Roaring Fork Transit Authority’s (RFTA) Regional Transit Center whose supporters are seeking a $7.9 million grant in conjunction with matching local funds to upgrade an existing and defunct satellite maintenance building into a modernized regional transit hub capable of supporting the region’s growing transportation needs.
In addition to the Roaring Fork concerns, Tipton requested for the DOT to consider a $25 million grant request to build out an access gate near I-25 between Fountain and Pueblo, Colorado near Oak Ranch Road.
Tipton also spoke on behalf of another project near Fort Carson that would use the BUILD grant money to expand rail services to the military post. Tipton first raised his support of this effort in a letter addressed to Secretary of Transportation, Elaine Chao earlier this week. The letter reads in part:
The rail improvement project is expected to draw approximately 35% of the workers needed from Pueblo and Fremont Counties and is seeking $894,000 to complete the study needed to allow the project to proceed.
Tipton’s full letter can be found here.
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