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Dec. 8 Town Hall Meeting Will Get Phones Ringing
Telephone Town Hall Gives Thousands Chance to Provide Feedback, Ask Questions
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Telephone Town Hall meeting unique way to involve regional residents in public transit study


Telephones across the Pikes Peak region will ring on Wednesday, Dec. 8 as the Future of Regional Transit Study team conducts an innovative telephone town hall from 7 to 8 p.m. to engage citizens about the role of regional public transit services.

A random sample of 40,000 residents will be called beginning at 6:45 p.m. and invited to participate in the telephone town hall.  Interested citizens who do not receive a call, but wish to join in, may call toll-free, 877-229-8493, Ext. 16138#, at 7 p.m., Dec. 8.  Citizens may also email questions to the panelists anytime during the conference to info@FutureOfRegionalTransit.com

Representatives from Mountain Metropolitan Transit (MMT) and the Future of Regional Transit Steering Committee will provide information about the study and answer questions during the one-hour conference. Moderating the discussion will be longtime Colorado Springs radio reporter Mark Goldberg of Citadel Broadcasting (KVOR AM news radio, KKFM Classic Rock, KATC Cat Country, KCSF The Sports Animal, KKMG Magic FM and KKPK The Peak).

The purpose of the Future of Regional Transit Study is to develop a recommendation for a more solid regional decision-making and funding structure for regional transit.

Over the past two years, City funding for transit operations has been reduced from $11.9 million in 2008 to $2.6 million in 2010.  As a result, transit service has been cut approximately in half, significantly affecting those who rely on the service for work, school, and medical appointments. The balance of local funding is provided by the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority (PPRTA), which includes Colorado Springs residents as well as residents from unincorporated El Paso County, Manitou Springs, Green Mountain Falls, and Ramah.  Those non-Colorado Springs residents contribute funding for transit service without being represented in the transit system governance and decision-making process.

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 more information about the Future of Regional Transit Study, visit the study Web site: www.FutureofRegionalTransit.com.

Steering Committee Documents Online


The Future of Regional Transit Steering Committee meets monthly to examine regional public transit.  The Committee will meet through February as it continues to work toward a recommendation that will be presented to Colorado Springs City Council.


Steering Committee meeting summaries, presentations and other documents are posted on the Future of Regional Transit Web site at www.FutureofRegionalTransit.com.

 

Brochures now available for Future of Regional Transit study and Benefits of Transit


An informative Future of Regional Transit brochure is now available to the public.


Copies of the printed brochure can be requested by sending an email to info@FutureofRegionalTransit.com. An electronic version of the brochure is on the study Web site.


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The Future of Regional Transit is a nine-month study to determine:
  a more appropriate governance and funding structure, better aligned to deliver regional public transit service, including desired service levels
  more reliable and stable local funding for regional public transit services