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Mountain Metropolitan Transit is building a park and ride at the intersection of Black Forest Road and Woodmen Road in Black Forest, Colo.Craig Blewitt, transit director, said the park and ride should be open by the end of June. ìA final layer of asphalt still needs to be added, as well as painting the stripes for the parking spaces,î Blewitt said, adding that electricity would also be installed for the safety of people using the park and ride at night.The intersection allows commuters more travel options, and encourages carpooling. ìPeople can use it going into the springs or to meet to go to the highway up to Denver, or they can meet there to go further east as well,î Blewitt said. Blewitt noted that the park and ride sites at the intersections of Woodmen Road and I-25, Tejon Street and I-25 and the one in Monument are usually at least half-to-two-thirds full every day.A combination of federal, state and local monies, as well as a grant from the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement program funded the new park and ride. Vicki McCann, public relation and marketing supervisor for the city of Colorado Springs, said, ìThe Black Forest Road and Woodmen Road Park and Ride is a two-million-dollar project, including land cost, design and construction; 89 percent of the funding came from federal and state grants, and 11 percent from local PPRTA (Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority) funds.îBlewitt said the addition of a bus station is a future possibility.

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