Tuesday, August 5, 2014

New lot opens to car-poolers

Posted By on Tue, Aug 5, 2014 at 2:50 PM

click to enlarge This lot in the northeast corner of the city might help cut down on greenhouse gases. - COURTESY MOUNTAIN METRO TRANSIT
  • Courtesy Mountain Metro Transit
  • This lot in the northeast corner of the city might help cut down on greenhouse gases.

It might be hard to get excited about the opening of a new parking lot, but this one means fewer commuters pumping pollution into the air by parking it and car-pooling to town. Buses don't stop there, but might in the future.

The lot is at Black Forest Road and Woodmen Road, which is about 14 miles one way from downtown Colorado Springs. Imagine if all 215 parking spaces in the lot were filled every weekday. That's a lot of carbon prevented from entering our atmosphere.

Here's the news release from Mountain Metropolitan Transit:
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.—Residents in northeast Colorado Springs have a new carpooling option thanks to a new Park-n-Ride located on the northwest corner of Black Forest Road and Woodmen Road. Mountain Metro Transit built this Park-n-Ride to provide an opportunity for residents who live in northeast Colorado Springs to rendezvous at the location and carpool to their destination—reducing the number of single occupant vehicles on the road and lowering overall emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases.

The Black Forest Park-n-Ride was primarily funded as part of a Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) grant with the intent of reducing congestion within Colorado Springs and improving air quality. The design includes 215 parking spaces, a bus turnaround loop with space for three buses and a passenger waiting/loading area with space for shelters and other amenities for future, anticipated bus service. The lot is lighted with full cutoff LED lights, which decrease unnecessary light and significantly reduce power consumption.

For potential ride sharing opportunities based out of this Park-n-Ride, contact the Mountain Metro Rides program at 719.385.7437 or email metrorides@springsgov.com for more information.

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 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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