Public Meeting - 2018 Proposed Changes

Addresse107 N Nevada Ave
CityColorado Springs
AtColorado Springs City Hall
CountyEl Paso (CO1235)
107 N Nevada Ave
Colorado Springs
Colorado Springs City Hall
El Paso (CO1235)
Tel 2018-01-23
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Public Meeting - 2018 Proposed Changes

PUBLIC MEETING SCHEDULE Three public meetings have been scheduled to inform the public of the proposed service changes for Spring 2018 and to obtain public input prior to a final decision. Meeting Location - January 23 City Council Chambers City Hall 107 N. Nevada Ave. Colorado Springs, CO 80903 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Note: Attendance at public meetings is not required to comment. You may also fax your comments to 719-385-5419 or email: Comments will be accepted through January 26, 2018. In accordance with the ADA, anyone requiring an auxiliary aid to participate in this program should make the request as soon as possible but no later than 48 hours before the scheduled event. Citizens who are deaf or hard of hearing may use 711 TRS. OFF-PEAK SERVICE IMPROVEMENTS Route 1: Increase Saturday frequency to 30 minutes Route 3: Increase Saturday frequency to 30 minutes Route 10: Add 60-minute Sunday service Route 19: Add 60-minute Sunday service Route 32: Add 60-minute Saturday service Implementation – Sunday, April 29, 2018 REMOVAL OF LONG-TERM DETOUR Reconstruction of the I-25/Cimarron Street interchange is now complete; Route 4 is proposed to return to its original routing on Cimarron Street rather than Colorado Avenue.

Implementation – Sunday, April 29, 2018 POLICY CHANGE: ELIMINATION OF ADA FREE FIXED-ROUTE FARE The purpose of the change is to improve fare equity while retaining the incentive for Metro Mobility customers to use the fixed-route bus system when able. Metro Mobility is a door-todoor specialized transit service for persons who, because of a disability, are unable to use the fixed-route bus system. Current policy allows Metro Mobility-eligible customers to use fixed-route bus services for free. The policy intent is to save scarce transit funds by encouraging individuals to use fixed-route buses whenever they are able. Each Metro Mobility ride costs MMT $25 to provide. MMT also provides a reduced fare (half-fare) card to persons who provide proof of disability from Social Security, Medicare or the Veterans Administration.

A significant number of Metro Mobility-eligible customers are only using the fixed-route bus service. Thirty-eight percent (38%) of Metro Mobility clients who used the fixed-route bus service for free in the 12 week period from July 2 to September 23, 2017 did not use Metro Mobility during the preceding year. This suggests that these individuals are able to use the fixed-route service for all their travels. The proposal to charge a half-fare ($0.85) to Metro Mobility customers using a fixed-route bus will improve equity by charging the same fare to all riders with a disability and by having all riders contribute, through a paid fare, to the cost of providing the service. The new fare will also retain the cost incentive for Metro Mobility-eligible customers to ride fixed-route buses whenever they are able.

Implementation – Sunday, September 30, 2018 .

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