Where's My Bus?
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Mountain Metropolitan Transit will soon be able to offer passengers accurate, real-time transit information. Customers expect quick answers to questions like how to get from point A to point B with the fewest transfers, where the closest accessible stop is located, or when the next bus is coming. MMT will begin installing technology to do just that, including automated phone systems, real-time vehicle location systems, and smart bus stops.
Interactive Voice Response or IVR technology will allow customers to access next bus, schedule, fare, special bulletins, and policy information on the telephone without speaking to a customer service representative.
Real-time map displays, accessed via your browser, will allow customers to see moving vehicles, select a vehicle to see exactly where it is and when it will be arriving, follow a vehicle along a route, and show stops for each route.
Arrival and departure signs will provide up to the minute arrival/departure information for customers including countdown in minutes to vehicle arrival, vehicle location, and specific messages by route if needed.
Watch for more information on these new transit enhancements later this year.
School Transportation Options
Mountain Metropolitan's MetroRides group offers a free schoolpool service that can help with school transportation needs. Schoolpool is a carpool matching service for parents. It's easy to sign up, just fill out a schoolpool application and send it in; you'll receive a list of parents in your neighborhood with children who attend the same school. You can then contact each other to start a carpool. You can also receive an application by mail if you contact MetroRides at 385-7433.
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Applications can be submitted all year. The more applications we receive the better the chances are for a match. Parents whose children attend local schools that do not provide bus service, such as charter schools, can benefit greatly from this program.
Schoolpools help reduce congestion at school drop-off and pick-up areas, save time and money and help improve air quality by reducing the number of vehicles on the roadways.
For more information call 385-RIDE or visit MetroRides online. If schoolpool does not turn up a match the city bus may be a good option; bus fare for youth 18 and under is only 85 cents per ride.
ADA Paratransit (Metro Mobility) Service Fare Increase
The ADA paratransit fare will be increased by 50 cents to $3.50 per one-way trip. This change will align Mountain Metropolitan's ADA fares with the Federally-allowed ADA maximum of two-times the local fixed-route fare. This adjustment will make Metro Mobility fares consistent with other similar sized transit systems and improve the cost recovery of this high cost program. Existing eligible ADA riders on Metro Mobility will still have the option to ride free on all of Mountain Metro's local fixed-route buses. The fare increase will go into effect November 1, 2012.
Upcoming Travel Training Class for Seniors
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- Take more control over when you travel
- The freedom to go where you want to go
- Save money over the cost of driving
Spend a fun-filled and informative day with us learning about public transportation options for older adults. Participants will learn trip planning tips, the best transit
option for you, take an actual sample ride on a city bus, and more. Bring a brown bag lunch and drink, wear comfortable shoes, and bring some water to take on the bus.
Next Class is:
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
9:00 a.m. - approximately 3:00 p.m.
Transit Services Division
1015 Transit Drive, Colorado Springs
Call John Oliphint at 385-5620 or Transit Customer Service at 385-7433 for more information.
Class size limited to 25 sign up early!
Mountain Metropolitan Transit Wins Colorado Association of Transit Agencies Award
MMT has been selected by the Colorado Association of Transit Agencies (CASTA) to receive the Open Category Award for its role during the Waldo Canyon fire. The CASTA Awards Program recognizes contributions of individuals or agencies in Colorado with outstanding programs or projects or who have made notable contributions to transit.
The Open Category Award was created to honor unique accomplishments in the transit industry. This year, CASTA recognized Mountain Metropolitan Transit for their role in the Waldo Canyon fire this summer. MMT and their private contractors, McDonald Transit and Veolia Transportation, were able to mobilize and effectively contribute to the very successful evacuation process when the Waldo Canyon fire unexpectedly and quickly advanced towards houses and nursing facilities. MMT evacuated 100 residents from nursing homes-most of whom were in wheelchairs, with mobile oxygen and medication packets-who desperately needed immediate transportation.
A big thank you to our riders who lost their bus service during this time, we appreciate your patience and understanding.