Mountain Metro on the move

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J. ADRIAN STANLEY
  • J. Adrian Stanley
After limping along for several years due to budget restraints, Mountain Metropolitan Transit is showing a substantial recovery. Today, Transit reports that ridership in 2014, which saw the expansion of service, was up by 10 percent compared to 2013.

In a news release, Transit says it provided nearly 3 million one-way trips last year, compared to about 2.6 million the year before. Says the release:
MMT attributes the increase in ridership to increased service providing riders with more options and to enhanced marketing and promotions efforts. “By providing service 362 days a year, up from 307 in 2013, adding two additional routes including service to the new Veteran Affairs clinic, and adding more evening service, we have been able to give riders more options,” said Craig Blewitt, Director, Mountain Metropolitan Transit.
“We are also increasing our marketing and promotions efforts including a focus on free travel training classes with local groups who are interested in learning how to use the bus system and reaching out to local employers whose employees can benefit from using the bus to get to and from work,” said Blewitt.
In addition, yesterday the city communications office noted in a news release that Mayor Steve Bach reported in a letter to the Pikes Peak Regional Transportation Authority (PPRTA) board that the city's general fund spending on transit from 2011 to 2015 increased by 65 percent, "demonstrating the high priority the City has placed on Transit Services funding."

Transit provides fixed-route service and paratransit service in the region. All buses are wheelchair-lift equipped. Other services provided by Transit include ride-sharing, vanpool, and bicycling programs. All buses also are equipped with bike racks.

Check out a series of public meetings regarding changes and additions to bus service.

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