Free public transit returns again this summer. Here’s how to find rides in southern Colorado

Andrea Chalfin/KRCC News
A Mountain Metro Transit bus leaves the downtown Colorado Springs terminal.

Folks in Colorado Springs, Manitou, Widefield and Security can ride Mountain Metro Transit buses for free from June 1 through Aug. 31. Transit systems in Pueblo and Fountain will also participate. 

The free rides are part of a state-wide program to encourage the use of public transportation as a way to decrease pollution in the summer months. According to the Colorado Association of Transit Agencies, last August the program reduced carbon dioxide output by 2,150 pounds. Ground-level ozone pollution is highest in summer, according to the state health department. 

A bill passed by state lawmakers last legislative session and again this year secured funding for the “Zero Fare for Better Air” initiative. 

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