Changes to bus routes coming in spring

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J. ADRIAN STANLEY
  • J. Adrian Stanley

Back in my college days, I didn't have a car so I mostly got around by bus.

While it was an economical choice, I don't miss the headaches that went along with it. There were those times that I'd miss the last bus by a few minutes because I got off late from work. Or the times when a bus was running late, and caused me to miss a connecting bus. Either way I ended up stranded somewhere.

And then, of course, there were the route changes. Every year or so, the bus system planners would decide that certain routes weren't needed, or were poorly timed, or that they should be rerouted. These changes could throw my entire schedule into chaos.

So it is with a great deal of sympathy that I tell all of you current bus riders that changes are on the way. Mountain Metropolitan Transit is proposing adding some service, changing some routes, and eliminating others in spring. Here's the full list:

PROPOSED SERVICE INCREASE

Adding 15 Minute Service to Route 5
Mountain Metropolitan Transit (MMT) is pursuing the implementation of an “H” System where bus service frequency is increased on our highest ridership routes. This will increase the overall productivity of our transit system, improve mobility for our citizens and attract new riders. As the first phase of this project, MMT proposes to increase frequency on Route 5 from 30 minutes to 15 minutes.
Adding Afternoon Bus to Route 25
MMT proposes to add a bus to weekday afternoon service on Route 25. Data has shown that on-time performance decreases in the afternoons due to heavy passenger loads and traffic congestion. Adding a bus to Route 25 should address on-time issues.
Adding Saturday Service
MMT proposes to re-establish Saturday service on Routes 4, 6 & 8, based on ridership data.

PROPOSED CHANGES TO EXISTING ROUTES

Redirecting Routes 2 and 14 to Access El Paso County Citizens Service Center
MMT proposes routing changes to Routes 2 and 14 that would direct buses through the roundabout at the El Paso County Citizens Service Center to improve on-time performance.
Restructuring Route 4
Reconstruction of the Cimarron/I-25 interchange is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2015. The project is expected to last two years and will affect a portion of Route 4, therefore a long-term route deviation is needed.
Reassigning Departure Times for Routes 6 and 8
In order to improve operations at the Downtown Terminal, MMT proposes to reassign Routes 6 and 8 to depart from the terminal at 45 minutes after the hour as opposed to 15 minutes after the hour. This would decrease the number of buses departing at 15 minutes after the hour from 12 buses to 10 buses, making it easier for them to leave the terminal more quickly.
Restructuring Route 7
Increasing frequency on Route 5 would require certain route changes to the 7. Routes 5 and 7 are currently interlined, but Route 5 must stand alone in order to run at 15-minute intervals.
Relocating Myron Stratton Stop on Route 10
MMT proposes to relocate the stop on Myron Stratton property and reroute Route 10 to stay on S. Nevada Avenue/Highway 115. The stop will be moved to the entrance to Myron Stratton on Nevada Avenue/Highway 115.
Restructuring Route 22
MMT therefore proposes eliminating a section of Route 22 along Chelton Rd. and Airport Rd. and replacing it with the higher ridership area along Murray Blvd.
Restructuring Route 24 and Interlining with Route 23
Sections of Route 24 experience extremely low ridership and are therefore unsustainable. MMT proposes to eliminate Route 24 with service to Peterson Air Force Base, but to redesign Route 23 to incorporate the high ridership portions of Route 24.
Restructuring Route 34 and Interlining with Route 14
In order to address on-time performance issues on Route 14, MMT proposes to interline Route 14 with Route 34.
Interlining Routes 5, 7 and 25 for Weekday Evenings and Saturday/Sunday Service
To address on-time performance on Route 25, MMT proposes to interline Routes 5, 7 and 25.
Modifying Saturday Service on Route 34
MMT proposes to eliminate the mid-day service interruption on Route 34 on Saturdays to assist with ridership and reduce passenger confusion.   
If any of these changes are going to impact you, there's still a chance to give your input. MMT has scheduled five public meetings on the route changes:


Public Meeting Schedule
Monday, January 26
5:00p.m. – 6:30p.m.
Colorado Springs City Hall
Academy Room, Lower level
107 N. Nevada Avenue


Tuesday, January 27
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Pikes Peak Workforce Center
Citizens Service Center
1675 Garden of the Gods Rd.


Wednesday, January 28
5:00p.m. – 6:30p.m.
Imagination Celebration
Upper level, Citadel Mall
750 Citadel Drive East


Thursday, January 29
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Southeast Armed Services YMCA
2190 Jetwing Drive


Thursday, January 29
5:00p.m. – 6:30p.m.
Doherty High School
4515 Barnes Rd.

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