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Posted on: February 18, 2010

[ARCHIVED] Route changes coming to Town transit service in mid-March

Mid-March will bring more changes to the Town’s transit system, which has seen several reductions this year as a result of declining Town revenues.

The coming round of changes will affect service to The Meadows and Founders Village neighborhoods. The reductions are part of a package to reduce the Town’s 2010 transit budget by about $200,000 from last year.

Town staff studied more than two dozen potential new routes and schedules before settling on the reduced routes, which in most ways will mirror the existing system.

A presentation regarding the changes will be given at Tuesday’s Town Council meeting. Public comment will be taken.

In the morning and evening peak hours, a two-bus service will operate between The Meadows and Founders Village and along Front Street through downtown. This will be known as the Crosstown Route and, for the most part, will follow the existing Green and Blue lines.

During midday, there will be no service to the two neighborhoods, and a single bus will operate between the Outlets at Castle Rock and Castle Creek Commons on Oman Road, in the southeast part of Town. This route also will serve the Recreation Center.

During the morning and afternoon peak-hour service, the route will use the newly completed section of Plum Creek Parkway between Gilbert Street and Ridge Road. The route no longer will pass by the King Soopers on Ridge Road, but it will continue to stop in the Safeway shopping center.

The second route will be known as the Midtown Route and will operate the entire day between the Pines at Castle Rock on Castlegate Drive and the Red Hawk subdivision. The route will follow the current Red Line, except it no longer will serve the Justice Center nor the Trail Boss Road/Metzler Ranch Community Park area.

By eliminating some of the less productive stops and route segments, the buses will have a few more minutes of time built into each run, helping them keep more to their schedules, according to a memo from Transportation Planning Manager Bob Watts to Town Council.

These changes come along with those already implemented: the elimination of Saturday and holiday service, the reduction of service by two hours per day and the collection of a $1-per-ride fare, which will begin March 1. This will bring the 2010 cost for the service down to about $422,000. About $120,000 of that cost will be paid from Federal Transit Administration grants.

Sales tax revenue currently is used to fund the remainder of the service. A decline in those revenues during the recent recession has necessitated prioritization for our full-service municipality.

Town Council recently refined the Town’s mission as ensuring public health and safety and, thus, has begun shifting general tax dollars away from auxiliary services including transit and recreation. As a result, a question could be placed on the ballot for an upcoming election so voters can decide whether to establish a new tax to fund a Town transit service.

The route changes are tentatively scheduled to take effect March 15. A new route map and schedule will be posted at CRgov.com/transit by the end of February. Printed copies will be available on the buses and at Town Hall sometime in early March.

Questions? Contact Watts, 303-814-6415 or bwatts@CRgov.com.

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