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Millions in federal grant money for Colorado Springs Public Transportation System

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COLORADO SPRINGS — On Thursday, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao announced $21.5 million to help public transportation systems in Colorado Springs respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

These federal funds are a part of the $25 billion to help the nation’s public transportation systems respond to COVID-19.

“This historic $25 billion in grant funding will ensure our nation’s public transportation systems can continue to provide services to the millions of Americans who depend on them,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.


·        This money was made available when the President signed the C.A.R.E.S. Act on Friday. The President’s efforts are providing unprecedented and immediate relief to American families, workers, and businesses.

·        The CARES Act provides immediate help for the public transportation industry, which has been hit especially hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.

·        The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration will administer the $25 billion to the public transportation industry to help them get through this challenging time.

·        Public transportation systems provide critical transportation to first responders, health care workers, and people who need access to health care.

·        These funds will be available to support capital, operating and other expenses including fair box recovery, overtime for employees, and expenses like extra hand sanitizer for workers and the traveling public. Also, if a transit operator is put on administrative leave due to reductions in service or has to self-quarantine, funding will be available to cover the worker’s salary.

The press release on Thursday’s announcement is below.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces $25 Billion to Help Nation’s Public Transportation Systems Respond to COVID-19

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) today announced a total of $25 billion in Federal funding allocations [transit.dot.gov] to help the Nation’s public transportation systems respond to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Funding is provided through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, signed by President Donald J. Trump on March 27, 2020.

“This historic $25 billion in grant funding will ensure our nation’s public transportation systems can continue to provide services to the millions of Americans who depend on them,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.

FTA is allocating $25 billion to recipients of urbanized area and rural area formula funds [transit.dot.gov], with $22.7 billion allocated to large and small urban areas and $2.2 billion allocated to rural areas. Funding will be provided at a 100 percent Federal share, with no local match required, and will be available to support capital, operating, and other expenses generally eligible under those programs to prevent, prepare for, and respond to COVID-19.

Further, operating expenses incurred beginning on January 20, 2020 for all rural and urban recipients, even those in large urban areas, are also eligible, including operating expenses to maintain transit services as well as paying for administrative leave for transit personnel due


Bike Shops Are Open in Colorado Despite COVID-19

Colorado has not shut down bike shops over COVID-19.

Listed as a critical business in Colorado, they’re still open for repairs and shopping, which is good news for any cyclists trying to get around town for the essentials: jobs, groceries, hospital visits…and fresh air.

But even though they haven’t been required to close, most of the shops are cutting back hours, limiting the number of customers inside to enforce social-distancing protocols, or offering curbside services only.

If you want to browse for a new bike or gab with the bike mechanic about your fixed-gear collection, wait till the shutdown is over. In the meantime, if you need parts or an urgent repair, the shops are ready to help. But no matter what shop you go to, call ahead. Things are changing quickly.

Cycleton in Stapleton, which plans to stay open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, has cut back on the number of bike-repair projects it is taking on. Doors are kept locked, and customers are being limited to two groups at a time.

“If you have a service issue, we ask that you give us a call first so that we can let you know when we would be able to facilitate your needs,” the shop requests on social media. “We are working with a very small crew right now, so there may be delays. Sales are more than welcome, however, it will help us immensely if you have a good idea what you’re looking for before you come in. This will help us to take care of your needs quickly and efficiently and be able to service other customers in a timely manner. We will do our best to keep our customer’s bicycle needs met and appreciate your patience and understanding during this difficult time. Let’s get through this together, Denver!”

SloHi, which offers bike sales, repairs and coffee, continues to operate on an appointment-only basis; only two customers at a time are allowed at both the Highland and City Park locations.

The nonprofit bike shop Bikes Together has closed its Park Hill shop but kept its spot at 1060 Osage Street open; it has suspended volunteering at both locations. The shops are asking for financial donations through Colorado Gives.

Velosoul Cyclery is open for business but limiting the shop to one customer at a time; in addition, the store is posting dad jokes and photos of bug-out bikes — bicycles for surviving the Apocalypse — online, to try to keep the mood light.

Turin has limited its offerings to by-appointment curbside service. “Stay safe, wash your hands, and call us before you stop by,” the shop posted online.

Turin also offers the following smart advice: “Like everyone, we can’t wait to get back to normal, but until then be safe out there y’all! If you’re gonna ride stick to small groups, stay in your local community, and please do not do anything that could put you in danger of needing emergency services.”


Colorado Bike Shop And Providers

You will have observed that one thing fascinating is going on in the bicycle trade. Metal frames have been, and to some extent nonetheless are, broadly utilized in bicycles. I really get sick of listening to individuals say, “No ache, no gain!” But the previous adage is true when it comes to using bikes to drop some weight. WELL BEING TIP: Get off your bicycle seat and stroll round each 25 minutes or so to get the blood move to necessary unmentionable components of your body.

When you begin biking your option to work, you’ll discover that you yourself will not be vulnerable to smoke or even have an after work drink, because that you must be razor sharp while driving a bicycle on highway. Cruiser Bicycles are just like hybrid bikes, in that they’re designed for casual using, and have a very comfortable, upright riding position, and a large, comfy seat.

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