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An individual switching to public transit can reduce his or her carbon emissions by 20 pounds; more than 4,800 pounds per year! (source: American Public Transportation Association)
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Mountain Metro Fixed–Route Local Bus Service:
Scheduled fixed–route bus service is operated by MMT and available to the general public in much of the City of Colorado Springs and nearby areas of El Paso County. Local routes generally operate weekdays between 6am and 7pm at hourly intervals with certain key routes offering additional frequencies. Basic cash fare is $1.75 and discount multi-ride tickets are also available for purchase. Reduced rate fares and passes are available for eligible riders including children, seniors, students, and Medicare/disabled passengers. Tickets can be purchased at participating King Soopers and Safeway stores, online at mmtransit.com, Mountain Metro’s administrative office.
For routes and schedules, click here.
Metro Mobility ADA Paratransit Service
Metro Mobility is a federally-mandated Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) complementary paratransit service which began in 1993 and provides demand-response service for individuals with mobility needs that prevent them from using the fixed-route bus system. Metro Mobility service is provided along a 1.5-mile corridor (3/4 mile on each side) of every local fixed-route during the same hours local fixed-route service is operating. Metro Mobility riders are required to be certified as ADA paratransit-eligible in order to receive curb-to-curb paratransit service. MMT also provides the required certification services to determine eligibility. Eligible individuals can use the fixed-route bus service at no charge, which allows the City to minimize the cost of paratransit services.
Front Range Express (FREX) Service
FREX is the first and only intercity weekday commuter bus service connecting the Pikes Peak region with the Denver metropolitan area. Introduced in 2004 as a Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) demonstration project, FREX has quickly become the most successful transportation project to date in the Pikes Peak region and continues to improve mobility options and air quality by reducing traffic congestion along the I-25 corridor each day. Each distinctive black coach has high-back cushioned seats, luggage racks, individual reading lights, bike racks, and free wireless internet service. Service operates between Downtown Colorado Springs and Downtown Denver with additional stops made at three convenient El Paso County park–n–rides.
Metro Rides (carpool, vanpool, bike, and TDM programs)
Metro Rides is a grant-funded program within MMT that began operation in 1979. The mission of the program is to promote and offer alternative transportation options to residents of the Pikes Peak region. The program is designed to preserve air quality, minimize traffic congestion and promote better health by discouraging the use of single occupancy vehicles and encouraging more people to use carpools, vanpools, or alternative means of commuting. These are collectively known as ‘Transportation Demand Management’ (TDM) programs. Metro Rides provides multimodal transportation options that include automated carpool matching, commuter vanpools, bicycling tips and resources, school pool matching (including bike and walk pools for children), and transit use through employers, media advertising, community activities, and promotional events. Approximately 2,500 calls are received annually, and Metro Rides maintains a database of approximately 1,500 clients. Federal CMAQ funding for Metro Rides is received through PPACG.
Mountain Metropolitan Transit System Ridership (2011)
Organized public transit began in Colorado Springs in the 1880’s with streetcars pulled by horses and mules. The streetcars were electrified in the 1890’s by the Colorado Springs and Manitou Street Railway. In the early 1900’s tourism was the primary area industry and the system was purchased by Winfield Scott Stratton, a storied local financier. Mr. Stratton invested extensively in the system, growing it to over 70 trolleys with frequent service. It was considered for a time one of the most extensive trolley systems in the country. By 1932, the private trolley system was losing ridership to increasing auto traffic and was completely replaced with buses. Due to financial constraints, the private bus system was purchased by the City in 1972 and operated by the City via private management contracts. Local ADA service was added 1993. Additional local funding and new bus routes were added with area residents’ adoption of the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority in 2004. The City bus system name, Springs Transit, was retired in 2004 when the new operating name “Mountain Metropolitan Transit” was adopted to reflect the growing regional nature of the service.
For general transit information including routes, schedules and fares, please visit www.mmtransit.com.
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