Saturday, May 7, 2011

Want buses?

Posted By on Sat, May 7, 2011 at 9:25 AM

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Getting around by bus in this city is less than a joy.

"It's very frustrating when you try to get somewhere and it takes you twice as long as it would in Denver," local transit user Kennan Cole says. "... I know we can do better than this."

The good news is that a just-completed study called the Future of Regional Transit maps a way toward more and better service. The plan would add a special transit tax onto the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority tax, when the RTA is brought to the voters for renewal in 2012. If approved, the PPRTA would oversee the transit funds and the regional bus system.

The initial goal would be to restore bus service to its pre-recession levels. If voters were happy with the results, they'd have a chance down the road to expand the transit tax, and further upgrade the system.

There have been many meetings on the subject. But if you missed them, check out a presentation from Mountain Metropolitan Transit (the city bus operator) on Tuesday from noon to 3, at First Congregational Church at 20 E. Saint Vrain St.

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