The Cripple Creek City Council got an update last week on the plans of the Local Coordinating Council (LCC) that oversees transportation programs in the area and played a role in getting a grant for the first-ever shuttle between Cripple Creek and Victor.
The council meets the third Monday of the month at the Aspen Mine Center, starting at 9 a.m., and is trying to get more representation from Cripple Creek and other local communities. The group was originally organized by Ted Borden and Mary Bielz of the Aspen Mine Center, and laid the groundwork for a more regional transportation effort. The summer of 2013 is the pilot year of the program, funded by the federal government but overseen by the state Department of Transportation. The new shuttle service, the Gold Camp Connector, had a grand opening several weeks ago. Although the shuttle vehicles have been running for several months between the two towns, the service, with new buses, didn’t officially start until recently. A few slight changes in the fixed schedule are being considered, according to officials, to attract more riders.
One of the long-range LCC goals is to establish a more coordinated setup for people desiring transportation in Teller County, and to link the services provided by the Senior Center in Woodland Park, local casinos and nonprofits, the new Cripple Creek/Victor shuttle and the city of Cripple Creek, not to mention a variety of mini-vans and small ride partnerships.
According to John Posusta, the director of the Southern Teller County Economic Development Coalition, CDOT wants to see a more coordinated transportation approach for the area. Eventually, an El Paso/Teller mobility manager may be hired to help coordinate various transportation services in the region. Ideally, a person desiring transportation to and from a particular area can call this office to ask what is available. This position is being explored by the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments.