Meeting to focus on transportation needs |

Meeting to focus on transportation needs

Paul Shockley

Craig-area public transportation needs will be the focus of an open forum Tuesday, as a combined-entity planning effort eyes a state grant to help meet those demands.

“It will shape how the area’s transportation plan will look and the application we make to the state,” said Evelyn Tileston, executive director of the Independent Life Center, one of just two Moffat County entities that now provide public transportation — devoted exclusively toward disabled resident’s commuting needs.

Tuesday’s meeting seeks to expand that.

“These would be on-demand transportation services, which are open to all,” Tileston said.

The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in the Center of Craig.

Tileston’s ILC, the city of Craig and Moffat County have until the end of June to submit a grant application to the state — funds administered by the Colorado Department of Transportation and earmarked for improved public transit.

The grant — which if approved wouldn’t be funded until early next year — could help secure vans or buses, equipment needed for each as well as money that could pay drivers’ or dispatchers’ salaries, Tileston said.

“Part of what we hope to get (Tuesday) is input on what type of vehicles we should ask for,” she said.

The project, if realized, would be administered by the Moffat County Housing Authority.

CDOT, the city and county have already contributed $7,500 to hire a consultant tasked with writing a community transportation plan.

While on-demand transportation needs are an immediate priority, Craig city manager Jim Ferree

said the current planning process could be the start of more ambitious designs.

“Maybe at some point we can consider a fixed-route system serving Craig,” Ferree said.

Paul Shockley can be reached at 824-7031 or at

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