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Jun 19, 2012 8:16 PM by Ophelia Young

FREX: End of the line

Mayor Bach is putting the brakes on the FREX bus service-simply put, he says it's just costing too much. He says the bus from the Springs to Denver is causing our city an $800,000 deficit per year. The mayor compared FREX to our local bus system, telling the audience that the average FREX rider makes $72,000 a year, but the average local bus rider makes $15,000 to $20,000.
"I'm more concerned about local folks who are low income, who need to get to work, get to school or get to a doctor," Mayor Bach said, "I have to be more concerned about them than about folks that need a ride to Denver." He plans to improve our local bus system after shutting down FREX, but hopes the Colorado Department of Transportation will one day establish a vanpool from Pueblo to Fort Collins. Meanwhile FREX riders have until August 31st for their last few rides.

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