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The Colorado Association of Transit Agencies (CASTA) honored local transit employees, systems and projects last week during the organization’s annual fall conference in Snowmass Village.

The Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA) received the “Best Large Transit Agency of the Year” award, which is given to the top agency in the state with 22 or more buses. RFTA also received the award in 2003 and 2006.

The Elected Officials Transportation Committee (EOTC), made up of elected officials from Pitkin County, Aspen and Snowmass Village, also was recognized for the funding and implementation of the Highway 82 bus lanes. The dedicated bus lanes opened in the fall of 2008.

RFTA CEO Dan Blankenship received the “Transit Administrator of the Year” award, nominated by three different entities: the city of Aspen, the city of Glenwood Springs and RFTA.

RFTA also received the honor of “Transit Marketing Program of the Year,” thanks to the efforts of marketing manager Dawn Chase, according to a news release.

On hand to accept the EOTC’s award were Aspen City Councilman Dwayne Romero, Snowmass Village Mayor Bill Boineau, Pitkin County Commissioner Jack Hatfield, as well as the transportation directors from Aspen and Snowmass Village, John Krueger and David Peckler.

CASTA is Colorado’s statewide trade association for transit providers, vendors, government agencies and other interested organizations. For more information, visit

The State Historical Fund awarded Pitkin County $278,325 in the recent round of grants.

The SHF grants program helps fund construction projects related to historic preservation.

More than $6 million was awarded in the recent grand cycle, adding to the 397 already-active grant projects that total nearly $47 million in direct investment in the state of Colorado, according to a press release.

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