As the volume of cars on the road continues to rise, it’s no secret that one of the most direct ways to do some good for the environment, is to take advantage of public transportation. But, some folks don’t realize that public transit can also be more convenient and quicker, on top of saving money too.
Mountain Metro offers freedom and mobility to all walks of life, providing options to get to work, school, friends, doctor’s appointments, and more.
With a proven record for reducing traffic congestion, Mountain Metro and other public transportation systems, helped save the U.S. 865 million hours in travel time and 450 million gallons of fuel in urban areas.
“We’d love to see more ‘choice-riders’ use the bus system,” said Vicki McCann, Public Relations and Marketing Supervisor at Mountain Metro. “Choice-riders don’t have to take the bus, but choose to. And it doesn’t have to be every day, it could be one day per week, or a couple days per week.”
Some interesting statistics reveal how crucial public transportation is to the solution for economic, energy, and environmental challenges, and subsequently helping provide a better quality of life.
Many folks shy away from the bus system because their perception is they’ll experience poor customer service, it’s not safe, the bus is too inconvenient, buses are dirty, or maybe they’re worried about delays or unreliability.
As the primary source of clean, safe, and economical public transportation services, Mountain Metro provides over 11,000 one-way trips per day. Mountain Metro provides bus service into Manitou Springs, north to the Chapel Hills Mall, east to Powers/Tutt Boulevard and south into the Widefield area.
“Our buses are cleaned thoroughly every day,” said Vicki McCann, “and we don’t have any crime issues on our buses.” In fact, Mountain Metro has installed security cameras on buses and recently added fourteen brand new, ultra-clean, diesel fueled vehicles to the fleet providing additional services in an even more eco-friendly fashion.
The Bike-n-Bus Program lets passengers use their bike for part of the trip and the bus for the other part. Bike racks on the front of each Mountain Metro bus are on-hand for no additional charge. The easy-to-use bike racks are available on a first-come, first-served basis with a limit of one bike per person. Bike lockers are available for lease at key locations around the city, so there’s somewhere to safely store your gear.
Reduced fares are available for individuals meeting certain criteria or disability requirements, such as seniors and Medicare/disabled riders. The Summer Haul Pass is perfect for youngsters to trek around town without putting more pressure on mom and dad. For $25, kids 18 and under can enjoy unlimited bus rides through June, July, and August.
“Mountain Metro offers free travel training classes for the workplace, for groups, and for seniors,” said McCann. “We can come to your group, or individuals are welcome to come in for training.”
And, on top of all that studies show that individuals who use public transportation get over three times the amount of physical activity per day of those who don’t (approximately 19 minutes, rather than six minutes) by walking to bus stops and final destinations.