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Manitou to resume Incline shuttle in 2013
What: Volunteers are needed to help clean up the Incline
When: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday (Sept. 29)
Where: Manitou Incline
Shuttle: Free parking in the lot behind Tajine Alami, 10 Old Man's Trail (east side of Memorial Park), Manitou Springs; shuttles begin at 6:45 a.m.
Instructions: 7:30 a.m. at the Barr Trail parking area; sign waivers, get work assignments
Work required: Pruning vegetation; reinforcing the reclamation of old social trails; removing rebar; general maintenance
It appears that the free shuttle from downtown Manitou Springs to the top of Ruxton Avenue and the Barr Trail, Pipeline Trail and Manitou Incline will return in spring.
The City of Manitou Springs was awarded nearly $3.6 million in grants from the Pikes Peak Area of Governments, and $308,970 in Congestion Mitigation Air Quality and Metro funds will be used to fund the shuttle, according to Manitou Springs Planning Director Dan Folke.
Manitou Springs submitted two grant proposals to the PPACG for inclusion in the regional Transportation Improvement Program, which is funded by the Federal Highway Administration and administered by the Colorado Department of Transportation, Folke stated on the city's website.
Among the projects OK'd in El Paso County is the shuttle.
The free shuttle will begin ferrying people along Manitou Avenue and Ruxton Avenue - between parking lots, businesses, parks and trailheads - in May. It will operate daily through the first week of September, repeating the same service in 2014.
The city plans to contract with Mountain Metro Transit for the service.
Manitou Springs Mayor Marc Snyder, who represents the city on the PPACG Board of Directors, stated: "The seasonal shuttle was a strong request not only because of the number of visitors who come to Manitou Springs but because of our partnership with the City of Colorado Springs on the Incline Management Plan."