Cripple Creek shuttle back on 8th

       The Casino Shuttle, a service of Ramblin Express, is leaving the Van Briggle Pottery parking lot and will go back to picking up Westside riders in the 500 block of South Eighth Street, starting Dec. 1.
       It's the same parking lot - but not the same part of it - in which the shuttle picked up and dropped off riders to Cripple Creek until fall 2006. Called the “Eighth Street Depot,” the new location will be behind the Auto Zone, northwest of Hobby Lobby. The overflow parking area for riders will be in the west portion of the parking lot, along Eighth Street.
       The shuttle's Westside service had to leave Van Briggle (off 21st Street and Highway 24) because the pottery business is relocating as part of a major building renovation that will turn the old roundhouse into a retail center with multiple stores.
       Ramblin Express owner Todd Holland said he is happy to be back at Eighth, which had “worked well for many years.” and may enhance ridership because the location has more parking and is closer to I-25. Currently, about 35,000 passengers are transported annually from the Westside, he said.
       Van Briggle was never intended as a permanent depot. Holland had described it as temporary when he moved the depot there two years ago and in any case it never quite caught on. “We felt that the Van Briggle location would afford us better exposure, off the highway,” he said. “In actuality, since Van Briggle is farther west from I-25, we did not experience the anticipated growth from that move. Now that Van Briggle is being redeveloped, we have renegotiated a lease to move back to the Eighth Street location.”
       The schedule will remain unchanged at the Eighth Street Depot. Hourly buses to Cripple Creek pick up on the Westside between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. and at 10 p.m.
       The Casino Shuttle has two other Colorado Springs stops every other hour and another bus from Pueblo. A round-trip fare from Colorado Springs costs $25.
       The Casino Shuttle has operated for 15 years. Ramblin Express is a Denver-based company.

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