MMT College Pass Program Press Release

                                          
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NEWS RELEASE
July 26, 2017  

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Vicki McCann
PR and Marketing Supervisor
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Mountain Metropolitan Transit Rolls Out College Pass Program            
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.- Beginning fall semester 2017 all Colorado College and University of Colorado Colorado Springs students can ride any Mountain Metro bus by simply swiping their student ID card. Through a new program offered by Mountain Metro, college students have unlimited access to the fixed route bus system for $5.00 per student, per semester.
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," said Jill Tiefenthaler, president, Colorado College. "The college transit pass program will help increase ridership on our local public transit system thereby helping CC reduce its carbon footprint."
"This is a fantastic addition to the transportation options available for our students. 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," said Venkat Reddy, UCCS chancellor.
Colorado College pays the $5 fee through a student activity fee and UCCS has funded the program as a pilot for fall semester 2017 and spring semester 2018. UCCS students will vote on a ballot measure to continue to fund the program with student fees in early 2018.
Mountain Metropolitan Transit provides local fixed-route bus service and Metro Mobility ADA paratransit service for Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region. All buses use clean diesel technology and are wheelchair-lift equipped. Mountain Metropolitan Transit also provides other services such as Metro Rides' ridesharing, vanpool, and bicycling programs. For added convenience, there are bike racks on all buses for riders who want to utilize the bike-n-bus program. For additional information regarding Mountain Metropolitan Transit please visit www.mmtransit.com, or call (719) 385-RIDE (7433).

Colorado College, located at 14 East Cache La Poudre Street in Colorado Springs is a private college with a goal to provide the finest liberal arts education in the country. Drawing upon the adventurous spirit of the Rocky Mountain West, challenging students one course at a time, to develop those habits of intellect and imagination that will prepare them for learning and leadership throughout their lives. For more information, visit www.coloradocollege.edu.
The University of Colorado Colorado Springs, located on Austin Bluffs Parkway in Colorado Springs, is one of the fastest-growing universities in Colorado. The university offers 46 bachelor's degrees, 22 master's and five doctoral degrees. UCCS enrolls about 12,000 students on campus annually and another 3,300 in online programs. For more information, visit www.uccs.edu.
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