Two Forums Scheduled for March 13 and 15
MONTROSE – As All Points Transit continues to grow to meet the needs of riders in Montrose and the surrounding region, the nonprofit transportation provider is seeking public input on how best to adjust its Montrose City Bus Routes, with surveys and two community forums scheduled for March 13-14.
All Points Transit Executive Director Terri Wilcox says the goal for the next year is to get more people who need mobility onto the public bus routes in Montrose.
“We want to see where the biggest needs are in the community and adjust the routes...as they fit in with our budget,” Wilcox says.
Adjustments will be put in place later this year, when the All Points Transit Transfer Station moves to South Second Street between Uncompahgre and Cascade avenues in downtown Montrose.
Launched over 35 years ago as a transportation service provider for Montrose County senior citizens, All Points Transit provides transportation services throughout the region’s Montrose, Delta and San Miguel counties.
Its Dial-A-Ride program provides door-to-door driver-assisted transportation for seniors and people with disabilities; in September 2010, the organization launched the Montrose City Bus, which now provides three flex bus routes in Montrose.
Since the launch of City Bus flex routes, ridership has grown steadily.
“What we have found is that when we started the city bus, more and more of our active, mobile seniors started riding the City Bus instead,” Wilcox says. “ It’s more convenient. You just get on the bus and go. As of this year, 40 percent of our riders on the City Bus are users of Dial-A-Ride. That is huge.”
The addition of bicycle racks to City Bus flex routes in 2012 has increased ridership as well.
“In 2012, we averaged 137 riders per day on the City Bus,” roughly “a 13 percent increase of ridership from 2011,” she says. “That’s pretty significant.”
While ridership on the City Bus has been gaining momentum, Wilcox says All Points Transit doesn’t want to stop there and are hoping that public input will lead to adjusted routes that will enable even more ridership.
Most of the surveys are being sent to neighborhoods on the east side of Montrose, around 6700 Road. between Sunnyside and Ogden Road, including American Village and Ravens Crest. The organization is also targeting citizens living off of 6530 Road, north of the San Juan Bypass, and east of Townsend Avenue between Oak Grove and Odelle roads. Anyone can participate by taking the survey online as well at surveymonkey.com/s/MontroseBusRoutes. All Points Transit will be collecting feedback until Friday, March 8..
Two community forums to review the suggested changes and receive public input have been scheduled with the first one will being held on Wednesday, March 13, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The second forum will take place on Thursday, March 14, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Both sessions will take place in the Sneffels Conference Room at the Region 10 Enterprise Center at 300 N. Cascade in Montrose.
“The forum is an opportunity for community members, along with representatives from partner organizations such as Health and Human Services, the City and County of Montrose and local businesses, to get involved in the process,” said Wilcox. “We are hoping for a good turnout.”
While increased ridership could mean growth for All Points Transit, Wilcox cautioned that the nonprofit cannot grow outside its means.
“When I first got here, five years ago, we had a vision, but we were struggling to make the vision come to fruition,” she says. “We kept taking on more and more but we didn’t have the budget for it. In the past few years we have created a strategic plan and we have been following the strategic plan in making sure that anything we do is within our means.
“So far, it has really worked out well.”
Olathe Express Shuttle Routes Expand
While All Points Transit seeks input for adjusting its City Bus routes, the nonprofit is expanding the Olathe Express Shuttle routes that serve Montrose and Olathe.
The organization recently added one morning route to Olathe from Montrose starting at 7 a.m. and an afternoon route bringing passengers back to Montrose from Olathe beginning at 4 p.m.
In addition, All Points Transit has partnered with the Olathe Community Clinic to add another round trip route at 2 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays only, beginning March 1. All Points and the Olathe Clinic are also providing a Delta – Olathe Community Clinic Express Route for patients to get to the Clinic from the City of Delta one day per week. Patients using any of the transportation options to get to the clinic for their appointment can ride for free by scheduling through the clinic.
“When we began the Montrose City Bus service in 2010, we designed the program for Olathe residents to get into Montrose for work, shopping, medical appointments and other services,” Wilcox says. “What we have seen since then is a rising demand for transportation into Olathe from Montrose. People want to get to the schools, to the Olathe Community Clinic, and to visit family members.”
The 7:15 a.m. and 4 p.m. Montrose routes will run as a pilot program for the next six months, at which point the organization will evaluate the cost-effectiveness of the service. The 2 p.m. Montrose-Olathe route is based on a 15-month contract with the Olathe Community Clinic.
More information about All Points Transit including schedules and Dial-A-Ride information can be found at allpointstransit.com. All Points also provides a personalized travel training service to provide individuals who may not be comfortable with bus transportation or know about bus transportation.
Community members can RSVP for the forum by calling 970/249-6204 or by emailing Sarah Curtis at firstname.lastname@example.org.