For the second year in a row, Transfort was named the “Large Transit System of the Year” by the Colorado Association of Transit Agencies (CASTA)/Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) at the 2014 Fall Transit Conference and Expo. Additionally, Kurt Ravenschlag, Transfort/Dial-A-Ride General Manager, received recognition as one of “4 Under 40.”
The Large Transit System of the Year award recognizes CASTA member transit systems for achievements in providing innovative services in the community, being responsive to customer and community needs, and effectively supplying safe and reliable service. The award category recognizes transit providers operating more than 25 vehicles during peak periods. Transfort was specifically recognized for the implementation of MAX and associated routes, system enhancements including successful marketing of MAX, and improvements in customer communications through an advanced traveler information system (ATIS).
In the award nomination, the success of the MAX bus rapid transit service’s Grand Opening on May 10, 2014 was highlighted. MAX had approximately 11,000 riders on its first day. More than 300 people attended the opening ceremonies which included launching MAX on its maiden voyage with the wave a large green starter flag.
"We are excited that the City and Transfort have been honored with this award for a second year,” said Kurt Ravenschlag, General Manager for Transfort. “While it’s been a busy year, our dedication to delivering exceptional customer-focused service and providing a quality public transportation service keeps us motivated. We’re constantly looking at how to best meet our community’s current and future transit needs.”
Kurt Ravenschlag was also recognized at this year’s event in a new category honoring transit professionals who have made a difference in their communities. Ravenschlag was named one of “4 Under 40.” Nominees must be under the age of 40 as of September 11, 2014 and are judged on their leadership, participation, and support of transit in their communities.
CASTA is a statewide trade association for transit providers, vendors, government agencies and other interested organizations including over 70 transit agencies from across Colorado.
Transfort is the City of Fort Collins’ public transportation provider. Transfort offers friendly, safe, convenient bus service in Fort Collins and beyond. MAX Bus Rapid Transit, Dial-A-Ride, FLEX and the Green and Gold routes are all services of Transfort. The system was named “Large Transit System of the Year” at the 2013 Colorado Association of Transit Agencies (CASTA)/Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) Fall Transit Conference and Expo. For more information about Transfort services and programs, please visit ridetransfort.com or call 970.221.6620.
MAX is a convenient, modern transit route offering service every 10 minutes during peak service hours and real-time bus arrival information at each station. MAX connects Downtown Fort Collins, Colorado State University, Midtown and south Fort Collins, providing access to popular destinations and employment centers for the community. Learn more about MAX at ridetransfort.com/max.
Funded by the Federal Transit Administration, Colorado Department of Transportation, Colorado State University, Colorado State University Research Foundation, the Fort Collins Downtown Development Authority, and the City of Fort Collins, the $87 million project developed from a community conversation and long term planning effort to provide a transportation spine that would encourage economic redevelopment and catalyst projects in the heart of Fort Collins.