New Mountain Metro buses to display “yield to bus” signs

"Yield to bus" signs on new Mountain Metro buses/Mike Duran FOX21
"Yield to bus" signs on new Mountain Metro buses/Mike Duran FOX21

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Mountain Metropolitan Transit’s new buses are fuel-efficient and less polluting, using an ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel which will help emit close to zero emissions that is smoke free.

Mountain Metro said the new additions will also improve their service by providing more routes to the steadily increasing number of riders and improving time performance.

“We’d like to draw people out of their cars and onto our buses, and we think that could help overall with the congestion in the city and improve air quality,” said Brian Vitulli, transportation engineer for Mountain Metro.

Four 35-foot buses and two 29-foot buses were purchased to be added to the bus system and will be put into service next week. They plan on adding eight more buses in February to replace older buses, eventually bringing the total number in the fleet to 48.

According to Mountain Metro, one 24-foot bus costs $440,000.

Those vehicles were paid for using state and federal funds, and funds from the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority.

“15 min service is something that larger cities and larger transit systems like to have for their passengers and we’ve never had that there in Colorado Springs,” Vitulli said.

The biggest difference in the new buses, are the “yield to bus” signs.

Each bus will display a yield blinker and sticker, signaling to drivers nearby to let buses back onto traffic.

“Motorists don’t have to stop for transit vehicles like they do for school buses, but as a transit bus turns out of traffic to load and unload passengers, sometimes it has trouble entering traffic again,” Vitulli said.

In 2009, state lawmakers passed a state law to allow transit agencies to have the yield blinkers and stickers on the buses, which is an enforceable law, and drivers who don’t yield could be fined.

Mountain Metro said they plan on going to city council with a proposal to have the law enforced in Colorado Springs.

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