Public meeting on Garden of the Gods shuttle plan March 12
The meeting will be at the Westside Community Center, 1628 W. Bijou St., from 5:30 to 7 p.m., with a “brief presentation” at 6, a press release states.
The study was conducted over the past year by the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center under a contract with Colorado Springs Parks, with funding from the Garden of the Gods Foundation.
The press release lists the study's “key elements”:
- No change in the traditional free access to the Garden of the Gods.
- Shuttle service proposed between Rock Ledge Ranch, the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center and Garden of the Gods Park.
- New ADA accessible trail proposed along the north side of Gateway Road.
- Increased parking proposed at Rock Ledge Ranch.
The release also notes that for eventual implementation an “incremental approach utilizing pilot programs is planned in order to gauge impact.”
The study was prompted by increasing numbers of park visitors, most of them in cars, with a 2017 city estimate of 5.8 million people.
Westside Pioneer/press release