Public input aids selection of rapid transit corridors

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A staff report

The City of Colorado Springs Transit Services Division will host a third public meeting for the Rapid Transit Feasibility Study from 6 to 8 p.m. April 22 at the City Administration Building.

The purpose of the meeting is to solicit public input about possible systems of three to four rapid transit corridors that could serve the Colorado Springs region. Representatives from the Colorado Springs Transit Services Division and Parsons Transportation Group, the lead consultant for the study, will be available to answer questions and listen to input from attendees.

The Rapid Transit Feasibility Study project team was able to use a combination of technical information and input received by the community to narrow the original list of 22 corridors to nine potential corridors. The nine corridors include: Academy Boulevard, Nevada Avenue, Cimarron/U.S. 24 to Manitou Springs, Platte Avenue, Fountain Boulevard/U.S. 24 Bypass, Interstate 25, Garden of the Gods/Austin Bluffs, Union Boulevard and Woodmen Road.

“The information provided by community members has been insightful and has helped drive the progress of the study,” said Sherre Ritenour, manager for Transit Services, City of Colorado Springs. “We are reaching a critical step in the study progress and hope that members of the community will continue to attend the public meetings and offer their input on the outcome of the study.”

The next step in the process is to examine possible combinations of the nine corridors to provide three to four systems of rapid transit corridors that could serve the Colorado Springs region.

The Transit Services Division, in cooperation with the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments, commissioned a Rapid Transit Feasibility Study in October. This 80 percent-federally funded study is required in order for Colorado Springs to compete for future federal funding to implement a rapid transit system. The study is scheduled to be completed in July 2004.

A rapid transit system could handle more passengers, offer more express services, expand the capacity of existing transportation corridors and reduce traffic congestion throughout the city. It could also create a more livable community and help revitalize business districts and activity centers.

To learn more about the study progress, to submit comments or to obtain information about future public meetings, visit the project Web site at www.springsgov.com/rapidtransit or contact Mary Beth Holst, City of Colorado Springs, at (719) 385-5279 or mholst@springsgov.com