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Better process toward approving transit projects, meeting needs sought by Colorado Springs City Council

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- Will combining two citizen advisory committees into one, help the city do a better job of agreeing on and following through on transit projects?

The City Council apparently thinks so, and had its first vote on an ordinance to that effect Tuesday.

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The Council voted 8-1 (with Councilman Mike O'Malley opposed) to approve the ordinance; it will officially take effect after a second vote in two weeks.

Under current procedure, the nine-member Active Transportation Advisory Committee focused primarily on pedestrians, bicyclists and related matters and reported tp the 11-member Citizens' Transportation Advisory Board.

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The CTAB considered all transit matters and reported to the Council.

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However, several recent challenges -- such as filling committee vacancies, occasionally not having enough members present to hold a meeting and changes in transit needs -- led the committees and the council to consider merging the committees into one 13-member committee.

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The new committee would be called the Citizens' Transportation Advisory Board.

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The committee chairmen and some Council members said that the situation hasn't slowed the progress of finalizing and completing transit projects; but that there is a realization that transit has become more diverse and needs a better overview to include changes such as the presence of electric scooters, and future infrastructure such as a commuter rail system.

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However, one need identified 20 years ago remains unmet -- building a new downtown transit center that would incorporate such changes. One Council member said that discussions about that project, while confidential, are progressing.

Scott Harrison

Scott is a reporter for KRDO. Learn more about Scott here.

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4 Comments

  1. A system that offers transportation to people that work earlier and later shifts might be nice! The earliest bus arriving at 6:15 and the lates stop at 9:00 is rough on people that lack transportation to good paying jobs especially during the winter.

  2. This single line tells everyone all you need to understand about why this board even exists.
    “The CTAB considered all transit matters and reported to the Council.”
    This volunteer position(s) will have no actual authority or power to make changes. They will be required to put in all the leg-work and time and energy just to then brief the city council. The City council will then make their decisions, and it may, but most likely not, will not align unless it aligns with city council’s and more importantly their developers and lobbyists desires.
    City council, this is your responsibility, you are the ones responsible for the success or failure of this division, plain and simple. Stop compartmentalizing your duties into smaller, out-sourced job duties that you all sell off to the lowest bidders.
    You all wanted the job and all of the duties @ssigned to the t itle, now bear the full responsibility of what it entails.
    No more patsy committee’s to blame when something didn’t go right, no patsy committee’s to blame when the task isn’t completed, nope. Just city council to blame, regardless of how many committees the city council makes. The buck still stops with City Council as they are the final deciding factors. No more smoke and mirrors just transparency and plain open honest communication. No more lies and secrets.

  3. “One Council member said that discussions about that project, while confidential, are progressing.”

    yea they are trying to figure out how to word a TAX proposal like a FEE.

  4. The transit system sucks in this city. People need to be able to get to and from work and other places 7 days a week. Not just during 9-5 M-F. In a city and county as big as this it is sad there is no reliable transit system. And guess what, that won’t change and I bet they ask for more money.

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