Peer Cities Share Experiences with Steering Committee
Future of Regional Transit Steering Committee members, working on a recommendation that may determine funding and governance of transit services in the Pikes Peak region, heard from transit representatives from peer cities during the Committee's October meeting.
During the Oct. 1 public meeting, the Committee heard from representatives from nine different transit agencies from as far away as Jacksonville, Fla. During the workshop, agents from each of the visiting transit agencies discussed the funding and governance models for their transit programs. "The purpose of the peer exchange was to examine how other communities across the country address their metropolitan area transit needs and how they govern and fund their local transit services," said Craig Blewitt, Mountain Metropolitan Transit manager.
The Steering Committee and the Future of Regional Transit study team organized the peer city exchange to provide examples of successful best practices that will help guide the study process.
During the Steering Committee meeting in November, members will begin a more detailed discussion about how the delivery and funding of transit in the Pikes Peak region could be improved.
Steering committee members include representatives from each of the municipalities and jurisdictions within the study area, other government agencies, community organizations and citizen groups. The committee will provide its recommendation, which will include a plan to implement the recommendation, to the City of Colorado Springs City Council in February 2011.
For a detailed workshop summary, click here.