Jun 9, 2014 5:01 PM by Leah Kraus

Grassroots Coalition wants increased transit funding

A grassroots coalition in Colorado Springs is demanding change when it comes to public transportation that was devastated by budget cuts.

The group, "Community Transit Coalition," says they want nearly two million dollars in funding and more bus routes. They say they are promised the money because the city said their intent was to keep transit funding at 2004 levels. Now that the economy has rebounded since the recession, they want the city to step up.

"Many people rely on the transit system, but also, expanding this transit system would help reduce congestion in our streets," says coalition member Joe Vaccaro.

The city currently has 22 bus routes in effect -- a number that has fallen in recent years.

A public meeting will be held Tuesday afternoon at 1 p.m. at Crossfire Ministries to discuss the issue.

News 5 spoke with Steve Cox, the Mayor's Chief of Staff, and he says it is doubtful the transit system will get the increased funding.


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