Mountain Metro ridership spikes

Published: December 11, 2013, 5:15 pm, by Garrison Wells

Mountain Metropolitan Transit ridership reached a record for the month of October.

The transit division for the City of  Colorado Springs said its local service on fixed routes provided 252,738 one-way trips in October, the highest since 2009. The number was up 7.3 percent over the same month in 2012.

MMT attributes the jump in ridership to increased service, which provides riders with more options as well as a marketing push and a  trend of more local citizens getting to work on bicycles, walking and using public transportation.

“With the addition of evening service, Saturday service, and our efforts to improve operational efficiencies, we have been able to give riders more options. If you couldn’t use the bus system because your job ran into the evening or you needed to work on Saturday, now you can,” said Craig Blewitt, director of  Mountain Metropolitan.

 Blewitt added that the division is using  more social media, television commercials and pushing free travel training classes with local groups.

Mountain Metropolitan provides local fixed-route bus service and ADA paratransit service for Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region.  All buses are wheelchair-lift equipped. Mountain Metropolitan also provides other services such as Metro Rides’ ridesharing, vanpool, and bicycling programs.  

For additional information please visit www.mmtransit.com, or call (719) 385-RIDE (7433).