In a bit of good news for commuters, the city has succeeded in selling nine surplus FREX buses to the York County Transportation Authority in Pennsylvania for a total of $1.44 million, an average of $160,000 per bus.
The next step is up to City Council, who will decided Feb. 9 whether local proceeds from the sale may be used to operate FREX service for the remainder of 2010. The Colorado Department of Transportation, which owns 80 percent of the FREX buses, has already approved use of the state’s share of sales proceeds to continue the service for the rest of the year.
If Council decides to dedicate its $288,000 share to other uses, FREX service will be terminated in its entirety after Friday, Feb. 12.. Due to budget shortfalls in the 2010 City budget, Mountain Metropolitan Transit has cautioned riders to plan for the possible discontinuation of FREX service since late last summer.
“We have a responsibility to the public to make every reasonable effort to maintain the service,” says Craig Blewitt, Interim Transit Services Division Manager, “However; appropriate use of the proceeds must be determined by City Council.”
If council approves using local proceeds for the continued operation of FREX, the service will maintain its current schedule without interruption until further notice, and transit officials will continue to seek funding options for FREX in 2011 and beyond.