Community invited to provide input on regional transit

476418521Mountain Metropolitan Transit and the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments are conducting a community meeting Aug. 28 from 4-6 p.m. at the City Administration Building, Room 102. The general public is invited to help shape the future of regional transportation in the Pikes Peak area. Input is needed to guide future planning for the region’s fixed-route transit system and specialized transportation services that provide door-to-door transportation for people with special needs.

Should future planning focus on a core area and where should key connections be located? Given funding constraints, what should the balance be between enhancing existing services with improved frequency (a bus every 15-30 minutes) versus expanding geographical reach? How can we coordinate more effectively among specialized transportation service providers?

Your responses to these important questions and more are vital to the development of the 2040 Regional Transit and Specialized Transportation plans. These plans will outline a vision for both the near-term, over the next five years, and a long-term vision for the next 20 years. They will ultimately feed into the 2040 Regional Transportation Plan.

“Even if you don’t currently use the local public transportation services, this is an important issue for all citizens to weigh in on. Good public transportation is critical to a healthy, vibrant community and helps boost economic development,” said Craig Blewitt, director of Mountain Metropolitan Transit.

The community meeting will be an open house with several opportunities to provide input and talk with project team members. There will be a brief presentation and question-and-answer period at 4:30 p.m. For anyone unable to attend the meeting, additional information and a questionnaire will be available online at http://www.movingforwardplan.org/transit-and-specialized-transportation. Questions and comments can be addressed to Angel Bond (mobility@ppacg.org; 719-471-7080 x130).

Mountain Metropolitan Transit provides local fixed route bus service and Mountain Metro Mobility ADA Paratransit service for Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region. All buses are wheelchair-lift equipped. Mountain Metropolitan Transit also provides other services such as Mountain Metro Rides’ ridesharing, vanpool and bicycle 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, visit www.mmtransit.comor call 719-385-RIDE (7433).

PPACG is a voluntary association of 16 municipal and county governments serving a regional community. Since 1967, PPACG has worked to ensure that local governments have a forum to discuss issues that cross their political boundaries, identify shared opportunities and challenges, and develop collaborative strategies for action.  For more information, visit www.ppacg.org.