by Pam Zubeck
Mountain Metropolitan Transit is kicking off its Downtown Transit Station Relocation Study. This study is examining options for a new multimodal transit site in Colorado Springs. A new downtown station is needed to improve safety, operations, and rider experience throughout the current and future transit system, as well as enhance downtown redevelopment opportunities. This study will identify a recommended location within the boundaries of I-25 to the West, Wahsatch Avenue to the East, Boulder Street to the North and Las Animas Street to the South.
“A redesigned downtown transit station is a tremendous opportunity for our community,” said Craig Blewitt, director of Mountain Metropolitan Transit. “It truly will represent the next generation of transit in Colorado Springs and allow us to improve the safety, reliability and accessibility of our service.”
The existing downtown station is operating at capacity and cannot be expanded in its current location. Bus maneuvering is difficult and mixed vehicle and pedestrian traffic creates unsafe conditions. The current design also limits first responder access, multimodal connections, and results in a challenging boarding and unloading environment.
The public is encouraged to attend the kick-off open house on Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016. The community open house will provide an overview of the effort and begin gathering input that will shape the study’s direction on identifying a new station site.
Who: Mountain Metropolitan Transit
What: Downtown Station Study Community Open House
When: Wednesday, June 22, 2016, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Where: Colorado Springs City Administration Building, Room CAB 102, 30 S. Nevada Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
How: Parking available at the Colorado/Nevada garage (130 S. Nevada Ave.). Find bus lines serving this location at www.mmtransit.com. Bike racks available at the front of the building.
The downtown station study is currently in the process of identifying potential sites for a new station that meet basic requirements. Throughout this summer, the study will narrow down the list of potential sites before making a final recommendation in late-Summer or early-Fall 2016. More information is available at www.coloradosprings.gov/MetroStation.
Mountain Metropolitan Transit provides local fixed-route bus service and Mountain Metropolitan Transit provides local fixed-route bus service and Metro Mobility ADA paratransit service for Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region. All buses use clean diesel technology and are wheelchair-lift equipped. Mountain Metropolitan Transit also provides other services such as Metro Rides’ ridesharing, vanpool, and bicycling programs. For added convenience, there are bike racks on all buses for riders who want to utilize the bike-n-bus program. For additional information regarding Mountain Metropolitan Transit please visit www.mmtransit.com, or call (719) 385-RIDE (7433).