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Wednesday, Nov. 19: Opportunity to Provide Input on the Pikes Peak Regionā??s Transit and Specialized Transportation Plans
Tuesday, November 18, 2014


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.--Mountain Metropolitan Transit and the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments are holding a community meeting on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 from 4–6 p.m. at the City Administration Building, Room 102. . Those unable to attend can still participate during the meeting via Twitter using #2040Plan. Community members are encouraged to submit feedback via an online questionnaire through Monday, Nov 24th. The questionnaire and additional information is available at http://www.movingforwardplan.org/transit-and-specialized-transportation.

Community members are 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. The open house will include several opportunities to provide input and talk with project team members. There will be a presentation to describe draft recommendations at 4:30 p.m., followed by a question and answer period. Questions and comments can be addressed to Angel Bond (mobility@ppacg.org; 719-471-7080 x130).

Example discussion questions include: Do you think the proposed recommendations for bus frequency will meet the needs of most users? Do you agree with the recommended core transit corridors? Under what circumstances would people with disabilities or limited mobility use local buses? Your responses to these important questions and more are vital to refining draft recommendations for the 2040 Regional Transit and Specialized Transportation Plans.  Despite the far in the future titles, these plans have more immediate consequences. They 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,” says Craig Blewitt, director of Mountain Metropolitan Transit. “Good public transportation is critical to a healthy, vibrant community and helps boost economic development.”

Mountain Metropolitan Transit provides local fixed route bus service and Mountain Metro Mobility ADA para-transit 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 please visit www.mmtransit.com or 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.