Starting with the coming fall semester students at both Colorado College and the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs will be able to ride any Mountain Metropolitan Transit bus at a discounted rate.
According to an official press release from the UCCS, participating students will swipe their student ID cards each time they board a city bus and will receive unlimited access to the fixed-route bus system at a cost of $5 per semester.
“This is a fantastic addition to the transportation options available for our students,” says Venkat Reddy, chancellor of the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. “Many on-campus students do not have a car and with two Mountain Metro bus stops right on our campus it will be convenient, affordable access for all students.”
Per the agreement, Colorado College will also pay a $5 per student, per semester fee through a “student activity” fee, while UCCS has opted to fund the program as a pilot for the fall 2017 and spring 2018 semesters. UCCS students will vote on a ballot measure to continue to fund the program with student fees in early 2018.
The initiative is part of what Mountain Metro is calling its College Pass Program. The program is designed to give college students a transportation option that provides easy access to downtown Colorado Springs, local attractions, shopping and more. Mountain Metro provides local fixed-route bus service across Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region.
“The College Pass Program gives college students an important transportation option. This program gives our students easy access to downtown Colorado Springs, local attractions, shopping and more,” says Jill Tiefenthaler, president of Colorado College. “The college transit pass program will help increase ridership on our local public transit system thereby helping CC reduce its carbon footprint.”