476418521Colorado Springs Mountain Metropolitan Transit reports ridership is up, according to a news release distributed by the city, which stated the local fixed-route bus service provided nearly 3 million one-way trips during 2014. That puts ridership up 10 percent over 2013, which came in at just over 2.6 million one-way trips.

MMT attributed the increase in ridership to providing riders with increased service and enhanced marketing and promotions efforts.

“By providing service 362 days a year, up from 307 in 2013, adding two additional routes including service to the new Veteran Affairs clinic, and adding more evening service, we have been able to give riders more options,” said Craig Blewitt, director, MMT.

“We are also increasing our marketing and promotions, including a focus on free travel training classes with local groups interested in learning how to use the bus system and reaching out to local employers whose employees can benefit from using the bus to get to and from work,” Blewitt said.

MMT 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. It also provides other services such as Mountain Metro Rides’ ridesharing, vanpool and bicycling programs. Additionally, there are bike racks on all buses for riders who want to utilize the bike-n-bus program.

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  1. 302 days to 362 days is and increase in capacity over 10%
    extra routes more added capacity
    longer hours even more capacity

    and only 10% more rides = lower load factor (a number which i am missing in above) and possible more subsidy per passenger..

    maybe it is time to look outside the box and look at alternatives to traditional mass transit provided by the government….

    lets look at private options using smaller vehicles and more frequent service
    http://www.planetizen.com/node/31297

    or look outside the country and look at Asia
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_light_bus

    i think we can improve service and decrease cost to the taxpayer thinking outside of the box….

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