Transportation Authority Sets Open House Meetings
El Paso County, May 30, 2012 – The Board of El Paso County Commissioners has unanimously approved a list of proposed transportation improvements to be included in a voter approved extension of the PPRTA (Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority) sales tax for capital projects. El Paso County’s priority list will be combined with project lists submitted by the City of Colorado Springs, the City of Manitou Springs, Green Mountain Falls, Ramah and Calhan when voters are asked to approve a continuation of the 0.55% sales tax for capital improvement projects.
When voters approved the PPRTA “one-cent” sales tax in 2004 a little over half, 55%, of the money collected was designated to fund transportation improvement projects, 35% was designated for maintenance and 10% for the Colorado Springs Transit system. The capital projects portion will sunset in 2014 unless the voters approve the PPRTA II extension to fund new projects.
The Commissioners unanimous approval of the County’s proposed list followed the recommendation of the County’s Highway Advisory Commission and input from citizens during several meetings and public hearings before the Board of County Commissioners. “There is no way to make a list that is 100 percent agreeable to everyone,” noted Commissioner Chair Amy Lathen. “But we’ve had an extraordinary process with numerous hearings and this is a strong list,” Lathen concluded.
The County’s proposed transportation improvements list includes completion of safety improvements to the area’s number one priority trail connection. A City of Colorado Springs trail running south through the Cheyenne Meadows area will be connected to the new El Paso County pedestrian bridge over B Street, providing pedestrians and bicyclists a safe crossing over four lanes of traffic and two sets of railroad tracks.
PPRTA is scheduled to hold two open house sessions to provide interested citizens with more information on proposed projects. The first will be from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, June 2, at Centennial Hall, 200 South Cascade Ave. The second will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 7, at the Colorado Springs Administration Building, 30 South Nevada Ave., Suite 102. For more information on the meetings contact PPRTA at 471-7080.