No car? Well, then ... 

Colorado Springs is not known for having a stellar public transportation system. Due to budget problems, bus service was recently cut on nights and weekends; what's left can either be helpful or ridiculously complicated, depending on where and when you need to travel.

Because driving across town in either direction takes 20 minutes on a good day, students are probably best off befriending a local with a car, or bringing their own to further clutter the already-crowded streets. That said, you should know that there are some public transit options.

FrontRange Express, or FREX (frontrangeexpress.com), has weekday service between Colorado Springs, Monument and Denver. For $22 round-trip (or less if you buy a multi-ride pass), it's the easiest way to get to the capital city without a car. Once there, the Denver Light Rail (rtd-denver.com) can help you get around. For a $2 one-way ticket, it's the same price as taking a bus and much faster. You can also get to Denver International Airport by catching the skyRide (also at rtd-denver.com) from Denver.

Ute Pass Express (springsgov.com) is a version of FREX that travels between Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs, Cascade, Green Mountain Falls, Woodland Park and Divide. A one-way ticket runs $4, with multi-trip passes available.

Within the city, riders can catch the Mountain Metro (springsgov.com). The basic fare is $1.75 (though, again, buying a pass will make it cheaper), so come prepared with either a pre-purchased ticket or plenty of quarters for both ends of your ride. The buses accept coins and dollar bills, but don't provide change. The website has a handy "Plan Your Trip" option for riders, and nearly all routes pass through the downtown hub (30 S. Nevada Ave.) at some point. One of the easiest ways to find out which routes are closest to a certain location is with the full system map, also available at springsgov.com.

Note that bicycle racks are also mounted on the front of each Mountain Metro, FREX and Ute Pass Express bus.

If you need to get somewhere in a hurry and are willing to shell out some extra cash, the Yellow Cab Co. (777-7777) is probably your best bet. Conveniently, it has the easiest number to remember in the history of telephone service.

Colorado College also offers a Safe Ride Service (389-6340) that operates daily during the academic year. Hours are from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., Sunday to Thursday, and 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., Friday and Saturday. CC community members can call and receive an escort up to six blocks away from campus.

Finally, Designated Driver of Colorado Springs (650-3450) will drive you home in your own vehicle for free, with a tip for the driver recommended, between 10 p.m. and 3 a.m., Tuesday through Saturday. You just have to be at one of its sponsored locations, which are listed at noduicosprings.com.


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