The Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Pueblo Class of 2012 (LP12) has collaborated with Colorado State University-Pueblo to fund and establish REDLINE, a shuttle service that will provide CSU-Pueblo students free transportation to routed destinations on the north side and downtown Pueblo.
While primarily intended for students living in residence halls, the service will be available free to all students with a valid school ID. The shuttle(s) will make regular stops to allow students to visit places like grocery stores, restaurants, small businesses, movies, but also to major community events like the Chile and Frijole Festival and the Colorado State Fair. Ultimately, these stops will be determined by the student usage and attractions scheduled within the city. Operation will begin at the onset of the Fall 2012 semester with a grand opening event on the CSU-Pueblo Day at the Colorado State Fair on Monday, August 27.
According to LP12 class member Dalton Sprouse, the group sought a project that would be an asset to the business community while helping CSU-Pueblo students learn more about what Pueblo has to offer relative to shopping and cultural activities. The shuttle will allow students to learn more about what Pueblo has to offer, while increasing foot-traffic to local shops and attractions.
The Leadership Program sought sponsorships and raised the funds necessary to acquire a van, to provide a complete mechanical inspection and approval, and to wrap the vehicle in suitable artwork that associates the shuttle with the University. The Leadership Class raised additional support to set up a fund for future upkeep and fuel. The van was donated by the Spradley Auto Group. The Koncilja and Koncilja Law Firm was a major supporter of the project as well.
“Many students have a need to purchase everyday necessities or simply want to go out to a movie or restaurant and are unable because of limited public transportation options,” said Sprouse. “An additional need exists during spring break and holidays when students are unable to return home and are required to stay on campus without any transportation.”
While route times and locations will be adjusted as usage patterns emerge, the current REDLINE schedule will be from 5 -11 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and noon to 10 p.m. on Saturdays. The current route will begin at Resident Hall Oval and proceed to Walgreens (Bonforte), Pueblo Mall (Entrance by Sears and JC Penney), Applebees (Elizabeth), Starbucks (HWY 50), Walmart (Dillon Drive), Tinseltown, Pueblo Crossing (Kohls), Angelos (Riverwalk downtown).
The shuttle will run every two hours starting at the start time for each day.
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