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Long-Range Transit Plan Update Process Seeks - Citizen Feedback at Open House


Colorado Springs, Colo. (November 10, 2010) ? The general public is invited to an open house from 4 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 16 in Room 102 of the City Administration Building, 30 S. Nevada Avenue. 

 

For special Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements, call 719-385-5439 or send an email to transitinfo@springsgov.com.

 

The purpose of the open house is to gain citizen feedback on the following two long-range planning documents:

  • 2035 Long-Range Public Transit Plan Update;
  • Public Transit & Human Services Transportation Coordination Plan Update.

The two long-range area transportation plans need to be updated at this time to maintain compliance with federal programs overseen by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments (PPACG).  Public comments are a requirement of completing these studies.  Continued federal grant funding eligibility for public fixed-route transit in the region, as well as ADA paratransit and human services agency transportation is tied to completing these plans. 

 

?These two area transit planning documents periodically need to be updated per federal regulations and will be approved through a process led by the PPACG in early to mid 2011,? said Craig Blewitt, Mountain Metropolitan Transit (MMT) manager.  ?MMT staff will bring a final version of these documents to City Council for its review concurrent with the PPACG review process.?

 

Related information regarding the progress of a separate area study known as ?The Future of Regional Transit? Governance and Funding Study, will also be available at the Nov. 16 Open House.  The study will examine regional transit, which is funded regionally, but governed by one entity ? the City of Colorado Springs.

 

?The focus of the study is for the Pikes Peak region to thoroughly evaluate the desired level of public transit services as well as how public transit should be governed and funded for ongoing sustainability,? said Blewitt. ?Over the past two years, City funding for transit operations has been reduced from $11.9 million in 2008 to $2.6 million in 2010. As a result, transit service has been cut approximately in half, significantly affecting those who rely on the service for work, school, and medical appointments.?

 

The goals of the nine-month Future of Regional Transit study are to:

  • Determine what citizens want in regional public transit services;
  • Identify more reliable and stable local funding for regional public transit services;
  • Recommend a governance and funding platform better aligned for our region.

 For more information:

 

Public Transit & Human Services Transportation Coordination Plan

Contact Lisa Thomas at lthomas@ppacg.org or 719-471-7080

2035 Long Range Public Transit Plan

Contact Dave Menter at 719-385-5974

 

Future of Regional Transit Study

Contact Andy Garton at 385-5974

or visit the study Web site:

www.FutureofRegionalTransit.com.