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Old 09-06-2011, 12:51 PM
 
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I am right in assuming there is no bus to the Colorado Springs Airport?

Anyone know if there are any shuttles or any other cheap way to get out there from downtown CS? I am trying to pick up a rental car.

 
Old 09-06-2011, 12:52 PM
 
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Call a taxi, or see if you can hop a shuttle from one of the nearby hotels.
 
Old 09-06-2011, 03:23 PM
 
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I think maybe Enterprise Rent a Car will come to you if you are going to rent a car. I have heard they will come and pick you up and bring you to their office. Maybe check them out if you have not already.
 
Old 09-06-2011, 05:07 PM
 
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I would try to avoid renting at the airport, Getting a car at the airport add many fees to your rental. Most Rental car comp have office in town, or near town, and many will 'Pick' you up. Also some of the major ones stage cars at many of the higher end hotel for rentals.
 
Old 09-07-2011, 08:00 AM
 
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Thanks for the tips all. I am going with Enterprise even though the airport rentals are cheaper by far; $60 for four days compared to $80 in town.

Really surprised at dearth of public transit. Seems like they shut down before 7PM and nothing on Sunday.
 
Old 09-07-2011, 08:07 AM
 
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There's not much in the form of public transit here in the Springs.
 
Old 09-07-2011, 08:24 AM
 
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Originally Posted by hollyt00 View Post
There's not much in the form of public transit here in the Springs.
Well, I hope it will not be a deal breaker for me. I decided to give up driving cars about ten years ago and have not looked back.

I am going to be looking for a place to live in Manitou Springs. I live a pretty simple life so it might not matter, I guess I will see.

Wow, I just need to add what I read on the transit website:

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Over the past two years, the Colorado Springs City Council has significantly reduced the funding it allocates to MMT for transit operations. The general fund allocation has been reduced from $11.9 million in 2008 to $2.6 million in 2010.
Why are they so anti mass transit?

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Old 09-07-2011, 08:53 AM
 
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Because why should others pay for someone else's transportation??? If mass transit is so needed, why are they not self-sustaining? Very few utilize it.

I don't see mass transit for folks living outside of town...what about them? Shoudn't they be afforded the opportunity for subsidized transporation too? No, because it's not cost effective.
 
Old 09-07-2011, 09:30 AM
 
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Because why should others pay for someone else's transportation??? If mass transit is so needed, why are they not self-sustaining? Very few utilize it.

I don't see mass transit for folks living outside of town...what about them? Shoudn't they be afforded the opportunity for subsidized transporation too? No, because it's not cost effective.
We all pay for someone else's transportation. The taxes I pay are used for road construction and upkeep, yes? They are used for the police to ensure the roads are safe. And then I am forced to buy insurance, which, if I am a good driver, it is all wasted on someone else, yes? Not to mention all the subsidies to your fuel you get from government support of the oil industries. So, for some reason, you only see the subsidization of buses, but neglect all the benefits you receive from the public road system.

Plus, I am more than willing to pay for the bus, but I cannot pay for the bus if they do not have them.

And as to why people do not use it, sort of a chicken or the egg thing, yes? I have lived in many cities, and I found people used good public transit because, well, it was good.

Plus, not everyone can drive, nor can everyone, at all times, afford a car. So it is kind of an insurance policy for you as well.
 
Old 09-07-2011, 10:07 AM
 
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Once, back in the day when there wasn't a ton of issues with transportation here, I tried to figure out if I could ride a bus to work... I work about seven miles away. I could, if I woke up two or three hours early, took several changes, and then walked from the bus stop to where I work (a good half-mile)

Which then brings up the question, why bother? It cost more money and effort in order for me not to drive to work. That's how it's been for years here in the Springs- it's never been a good mass transit area, or else your argument would work. It's never been good, so not many people use the public transit, so as a result, it is a money pit. If it had been an excellent, reliable way of transportation for years, for many, many people, then we wouldn't even be having this discussion. So the chicken and egg discussion is quite apt here.



Depending on your job, your way of life, etc, you may or may not have difficulty living in Manitou Springs without a car. I am unfamiliar with the public transportation that may or may not be provided from Manitou Springs. A bike would certainly help to get to the Safeway on 31st street (or is it 32nd?) if you desire the convenience of a grocery store.



Also what comes into play is the mentality of the West. Much less govermental intrusiveness (is that even a word?) and more self-reliance. Colorado Springs in general has been very anti-tax, and has voted down many tax increases that would help with the funding of the mass transit. Since the mass transit is not a service many people use, it was cut in favor of public safety, USOC handouts, etc. (haha :P)
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