PPRTA approves budget, senior transportation receives additional funding

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The Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority, or PPRTA, approved its fiscal 2011 budget of $102.8 million.

It also added $100,000 from reserves to the $310,000 already in the budget for three specialized transportation providers. Pikes Peak Partnership/Disability Services/Amblicab, Silver Key and Fountain Valley Senior Services will share the additional funds.

Prior to the money being added to the 2011 budget, Disability Services was allocated $59,000; Silver Key received $93,000; and Fountain Valley Senior Services received $143,000. The allocation process for the additional $100,000 is expected to be completed by either the Feb. 9 or March 9 board meetings.

PPRTA is a collaboration of five member communities supported by a 2004 voter-approved 1-percent sales tax.  The organization provides funding for road improvements, maintenance and public transportation projects throughout the region, including El Paso County, Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs, Green Mountain Falls and Ramah.