A local group is brainstorming ideas to help people affected by the cuts and changes to the city's bus service.
The Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments met with business leaders, church officials and riders to come up with some ideas. "We're looking for alternatives such as ride sharing, car pooling, van pooling," said Lisa Thomas, PPACG.
PPACG says $470,000 will be given to local groups that provide transportation. Here's PPACG's breakdown of projects selected for funding:
- PPACG Mobility Management Program, $65,000 Job Access Reverse Commute. Funds will be used to coordinate transportation services in the Pikes Peak region.
- Goodwill Industries, Inc., Air Force Academy route, $115,000 Job Access Reverse Commute. Funds will allow for transit to Air Force Academy employment for people with developmental disabilities.
- ComCor, Inc. for the ComCor Transportation Assistance Program (CTAP), $141,500 Job Access Reverse Commute. Funds will allow for people in the community corrections program to have transportation to jobs, job seeking activities and job skill-building activities in a more secure environment covering a wider geographic area.
- Pikes Peak Partnership Continuation of Service Extension, $35,000 New Freedom. Funds will be used to continue door-to-door transit service to the northeast section of Colorado Springs for people with physical and mental disabilities who cannot use public transportation. The money will also allow transit service on Saturdays.
- City of Colorado Springs Physical Access Improvements, $122,000 New Freedom. Funds will allow for improvements to some bus stops on Routes 10 and 11, which will improve physical access to the bus stops, making it easier for riders with physical limitations to get to the bus stops.
If you're interested in volunteering to give someone a ride, you can call: Lisa Thomas, 719-471-7080 x 114.