cc_invite_adThe Carbondale Circulator is receiving a new van. The new vehicle is a 28 passenger, 33-foot-long, F550 Chase with a Glaval van body. The van was purchased with a blend of federal/state grant awards and local cash matching funds.

Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA) staff applied for a Federal Transit Administration (FTA) 5311 capital grant for the purchase of a standard gasoline vehicle.  The vehicle was upgraded with a compressed natural gas (CNG) engine, due to additional grant funding from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) Alternative Fuels Program that funds only the incremental cost of clean fuel technology. During vehicle production, RFTA and the Carbondale Public Arts Commission administered a student artwork collaboration with the Carbondale Middle School to choose art that would be used to wrap the exterior of the bus.

Carbondale Middle School art students (130 artists, 5th-8th/ages 10-14) participated in an art project creating humanized PET PORTRAITS WITH PERSONALITY.  Each of the young artists based their initial sketch on a realistic animal. Each artist was to have a connection with their chosen animal, e.g., an animal the artist might like to be, an animal that represented their personality, or maybe an animal the artist just wished they had as a pet. Artists selected animals from fox to sheep, turtles to chameleons, birds to donkeys, and just about every creature in between. This mixed-media project gave each artist opportunity to experiment with pencil, liquid watercolors, watercolor pencils, permanent marker, waterproof black ink and even a few paper collage elements. The elements that truly create the unity for this overall project are the collaboration, community, and creativity through the children that all came together.

Out of the 130 pet portraits, 20 were selected and incorporated into the wrap design for the new Carbondale Circulator. We’re excited to announce that all the artwork created will be on exhibit at the unveiling ceremony on November 12th at the Carbondale Middle School. The vehicle has been delivered, the artwork has been added and RFTA intends for the bus to go into service mid-November.

: Saturday, November 12, 2016
Time: 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Location: Carbondale Middle School, 180 Snowmass Drive, Carbondale, CO 81623
The unveiling is open to the public. RFHS Jazz Band director Dave Johnson will be playing for the reception, pizza and drinks will be provided.

Contact Information:
Jamie Tatsuno, Marketing & Communications Manager
(970) 384.4864

Ami Maes, Art Director
(970) 309.7686

Cheryl Bumgarner, Chairperson
(303) 521-4796

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