By Jennifer Thibault
50th Space Wing Public Affairs
Colorado Springs ceased its Schriever Express service effective Jan. 1, 2010. The service shuttled about 50-60 members from in-town locations to the base daily.
Severe budget constraints at the City of Colorado Springs, and the recent failure of referendum 2C led the direction of the Mountain Metropolitan Transit to cut $6.1 million from its annual operating budget in 2010, according to David Menter, Transit Planning Superviros for MMT.
This is not good news for the approximately 230 people who signed up for passes monthly.
“I am very disappointed that the bus service has been cancelled,” said Yvonne Cook. “I tried to use the bus service as much as possible, especially when road conditions [worsened]. I felt the bus was safer on snowy, icy roads.”
The service cancellation doesn’t leave many organized alternatives for regular riders.
“There are currently no other options available. However, there is a commercial van pool company that is trying to determine if there is sufficient interest to operate a van pool service at Schriever,” said Alan Blumhagen, 50th Logistics Readiness Flight.
In the meantime, there is still a shuttle from Peterson Air Force Base and military personnel and DoD employees are authorized to use it.
“However, as the shuttle was established for dormitory residents, they have the priority to ride; anyone else is on a space available basis. With the current number of dorm riders, the 21st Logistics Readiness Squadron only uses a van for this shuttle,” said Mr. Blumhagen.
The dorm shuttle picks up residents in the Bldg. 1164 parking lot at about 5:50 a.m. and drops them off at Schriever around 6:20 a.m. The shuttle returns to pick up passengers at 3:30 p.m., 4:45 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.
Car pooling is another option for those not wanting to make the drive to Schriever. Car poolers are even rewarded with prime parking for the restricted area not to mention the savings on fuel costs.
For more information regarding the bus service, please contact Mr. Blumhagen at 567-4713 or firstname.lastname@example.org.