Colorado Springs Updates Transportation Plan

The city made the first revisions to its transportation plan in twenty years, acknowledging the changing transportation needs of the region’s growing population.

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November 29, 2022, 8:00 AM PST

By Diana Ionescu @aworkoffiction

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Jacob Boomsma / Colorado Springs, Colorado

The city of Colorado Springs has released a new draft transportation plan for the first time in two decades, giving residents a rare chance to weigh in on the future of local transportation planning. As Abigail Beckman reports for Colorado Public Radio, the plan attempts to pivot from car-oriented planning to supporting more multimodal and sustainable transportation options.

The plan, dubbed ConnectCOS, identifies intersections and corridors that need safety and mobility improvements. “Right now, the same trip on public transit takes more than twice as long as it would in a personal vehicle, the city said. So, ConnectCOS specifically calls for public transit to play a primary role in the coming years, mainly to keep up with job and population growth.”

The local bus system, Mountain Metro Transit (MMT), currently serves around 3 million mostly transit-dependent riders each year. ConnectCOS also includes plans to fill in gaps in the city’s sidewalk network to improve conditions for pedestrians.

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