But the public will have a chance to weigh in on the future of the commuter bus service between Colorado Springs and Denver during a series of meetings this week.
The city’s Transit Services Division is holding four meetings to obtain public input on the proposed service changes for fall, which include eliminating local funding for FREX as recommended by Mayor Steve Bach’s Transit Solutions Team.
“It is proposed to eliminate this express route due to projected long-term City funding shortfalls,” the city said.
“Elimination of this express route would help stretch limited area transit funding dollars and preserve important local area bus transit and ADA paratransit services. Current FREX riders are expected to be able to take advantage of the ‘Metro Rides’ vanpool and/or carpool programs or private scheduled intercity motor carriers (including Greyhound).”
Another proposed change for this fall is increasing the existing paratransit fare by .50 cents to $3.50 per one-way trip.
“This change would align Mountain Metropolitan’s ADA fares with the Federally-allowed ADA maximum of ‘two-times’ the local fixed-route fare. This adjustment would make Metro Mobility fares consistent with other similar sized transit systems and improve cost-recovery of this high-cost program. Existing eligible ADA riders on Metro Mobility would still have the option to ride FREE on all of Mountain Metro’s local fixed-route (scheduled) buses,” the city said.
Here are the dates, times and locations of the four meetings:
10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Pikes Peak Community College, 5675 S. Academy Atrium
5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Monument Town Hall, 645 Beacon Lite Road
noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, City Council chambers, 107 N. Nevada Ave.
6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, City Council chambers, 107 N. Nevada Ave.