More than $2 million in state money allocated to make public transit free this month — in a push to boost ridership and ease pollution — will go unused as some regional transportation agencies say they don’t have enough drivers to handle a ridership surge.
Statewide, 14 transportation agencies, including the Regional Transportation District in the Denver metro area, will waive fares on buses and trains during one of the hottest and smoggiest months of the year.
But two of the largest agencies didn’t seek grant funds for free transit rides.
The Roaring Fork Transportation Authority, serving communities from Rifle to Aspen, and Grand Valley Transit in Grand Junction didn’t apply because they feared they wouldn’t be able to provide reliable service to a possible influx of…
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