Colorado 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.