Monday, April 1, 2013

Mountain Metro schedule changes announced

Posted By on Mon, Apr 1, 2013 at 11:02 AM

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When the recession hit in 2008, the city had to do a lot of cutbacks, including turning off streetlights and not watering city parks. Among those cuts was bus service.

Now that revenues are starting to recover, the city is reinstating service. And there's a celebration planned, as reported by the city communications office:

Mountain Metropolitan Transit’s evening bus service begins tonight, April 1and Mayor Bach will be on board. Mayor Bach will take the Route #7 bus from the Downtown Terminal to the Citadel Mall in celebration of the return of evening bus service. Adding some evening bus service topped Mayor Bach’s list of key initiatives for the 2013 budget and this enhancement of local bus service is welcome news to many riders and businesses.
The first night is FREE beginning at 6:45 p.m. Join us at the downtown terminal for refreshments, live music featuring the Coronado High School Jazz Band, and celebrate the arrival of evening bus service. There will be additional festivities at the Citadel bus stop, including a performance by the Colorado Springs Children’s Chorale.


Here's the latest announcement on transit service changes:

Mountain Metropolitan Transit (MMT) will implement the following final service changes for Spring 2013 beginning April 1 with the exception of the Manitou Shuttle service which will begin May 19, 2013:
NEW SERVICE

Evening Service on Key Routes
MMT will add evening services to its most productive routes. Hourly service will extend bus service until approximately 9:45 p.m. The routes that originate at the Downtown Transfer Station will have their last departure at 9:15 p.m. (versus the current last trip at 6:15 p.m.). Routes include:
#1: Hillside-Hancock Plaza
#3: Colorado Avenue
#5: Boulder Street
#7: Pikes Peak Ave. - Citadel
#9: South portion only - Downtown Transfer Station to UCCS
#10: Hwy 115 - Pikes Peak Community College (ends at 7:08 p.m.)
#11: World Arena - Pikes Peak Community College
#25: Academy Blvd.
Manitou Summer Shuttle
Mountain Metropolitan Transit (MMT) will add a circulator bus in downtown Manitou Springs. The route will help alleviate parking congestion near the Pikes Peak Cog Railway and the Manitou Incline. The summer service will start on 5/19/2013 and end on 9/7/2013. There will be no fare due to the short route and the availability of federal grant funding. The route will operate along Manitou Avenue and connect to the Cog Railway/Incline area on Ruxton Avenue. It will operate daily 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Taxi Voucher
MMT will add a taxi voucher option for existing ADA paratransit, Metro Mobility customers who meet certain trip criteria and who are interested in taking advantage of this option. No riders will lose ADA Metro Mobility service, rather; this is an additional service option. The option is being added as a way to promote independence and help control costs.

CHANGES TO FARE OPTIONS
Day Pass
MMT will add a new fixed-route transit day pass ($4). Riders will have unlimited rides until midnight the same day of activation. This new Day Pass will be available for sale at MMT fare boxes and at ticket vending machines only.
22-Ride Bus Ticket
The existing 22-ride pass will be replaced with a 20-ride pass. To correspond with the reduced number of trips, the cost will be reduced from $35 to $32 and the ‘Special’ reduced-rate passes for seniors/youth/disabled riders will be reduced to $16 from $17.50.
Summer Haul Pass
The price of this existing summer youth pass will increase from $20 to $25 in an effort to increase cost-recovery for this special unlimited-ride summer youth pass program.

CHANGES TO EXISTING ROUTES
Route 14 - Chestnut St - Garden of the Gods Rd
Minor schedule/timepoint adjustments will be made to this route to improve on-time performance.
Route 25 — Academy Blvd.
Minor schedule/timepoint adjustments will be made to this route to improve on-time performance on Saturdays.

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 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).

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