Route 3 may have night route by April

       A proposal to add weekday evening service to some Mountain Metropolitan Transit routes - which would include Route 3 up Colorado/Manitou Avenue - received support at two recent public meetings on the subject.
       Plans are still being finalized, but the additions are tentatively scheduled to go into effect April 1, according to Vicki McCann, public relations and marketing supervisor for the City Public Works Transit Services Division.
       “We did not get comments specific to Route 3 evening service,” she said, in response to a question. “We received a number of comments that people are happy to have additional service and one comment from a gentleman who was concerned that evening ridership would be too low.”
       Route 3 (between the downtown transfer station and Manitou Springs) runs on the half-hour weekdays until 6:02 p.m. (the last outbound bus from downtown). The added weeknight runs would leave downtown hourly, at 7:15, 8:15 and 9:15 p.m.
       McCann said that Route 3 data over a six-month span of 2009 showed that the “average weekday evening ridership was 19 passengers per hour.”
       Route 3 previously had evening service from 2005 to 2009, but it was terminated because city funding cutbacks left only the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority (RTA) to cover the city-owned Mountain Metro service costs.
       The evening-route restoration is being made possible by $700,000 that was added for that purpose in the 2013 city budget, according to Dave Menter, transit planning supervisor.

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