For the first 12 months, bus service on Powers Boulevard is expected to provide 66,300 rides.
Part of Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach's 2014 budget, the new route would run hourly five days a week on weekdays, said Craig Blewitt, Colorado Springs Transit Services division manager.
Two thirds of the city's transit system runs on an hourly schedule.
The service, plus the addition of Sundays to the highest ridership routes, "will connect people to jobs and provide mobility for those who rely on transit," Blewitt said Wednesday.
Although the route is not firmed up yet, it's expected to run from The Citadel mall, head east to Powers on Platte Avenue, then north on Powers to about Barnes Road.
The bus then would likely return south on Tutt Boulevard and reconnect again at The Citadel in a 60-minute round trip.
The service would start in late March or early April of 2014.
"This is the best way from the routes that we have now," Blewitt said.
Blewitt said public meetings will be held to help determine the best stops for the bus service.
A Powers Boulevard bus would connect residents to an estimated 3,000 jobs, mostly retail, in the northeast area.
But it also will provide access to people who need the bus to shop in the retail-rich area and for residents who have disabilities.
"It's adds quite a bit of service area for us for those folks who rely on transit, who are disabled," Blewitt said. "This will be a big improvement for them as well."
While the initial projection calls for 66,300 riders, Blewitt said it's likely it will serve far more riders.
"When you add a new route like this, it can take a year and a half to fully develop the ridership," he said.
For example, as residents get jobs in the area, the ridership will grow.
The division added evening bus service this year "and it's been growing quickly," Blewitt said.
"We're in it for the long term," he said. "When we add a route, we intend to keep it running."