“No public transportation even from our own airport into town,” Czelatdko said Monday in an email to Mayor Steve Bach.
“We may be open for business, but good luck getting yourself here,” she wrote.
“If there really is an interest in economic development, local transportation will at least need to be improved upon. I hope (the Bach administration) is considering with upcoming budget,” she added.
Czelatdko’s email — which also went to Chief of Staff Laura Neuman, Doug Price, president and CEO of the Colorado Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau, and her council colleagues — was triggered by an email that a man sent to City Council.
“My wife and me are going to go to Colorado Springs, the flight arrives to Denver’s airport and we’d like to know how we can go to Colorado Springs, by bus, trains, and so on,” Tomás Ruiz wrote.
“We’d be very grateful if you can help us with this information.”
City Councilman Bernie Herpin responded to Ruiz’s email.
Here’s Herpin’s email response:
Thank you for visiting our community. While we do have an airport, some folks do choose to fly into Denver. There are no trains or direct buses that connect to Colorado Springs from the Denver airport; however, there are private shuttles that do serve our community:
You can also rent a car.
With over 55 attractions in and around Colorado Springs, you are sure to have a great time. Because this is the “wide open West”, you may want to consider renting a car to get around. Here is a website that will provide information and a free guide to our attractions: www.visitcos.com
I hope you enjoy your visit and please let us know if you need additional info.
Czelatdko replied to Herpin and cc’d the mayor, Neumann, Price and her colleagues.
Here’s the full text of her email:
Doesn’t this seem ridiculous us being the second largest city in the state and really no transportation options for visitors to come visit our City. No public transportation even from our own airport into town. We may be open for business, but good luck getting yourself here. If there really is an interest in economic development, local transportation will at least need to be improved upon. I hope admin is considering with upcoming budget.