Colorado Springs Briefs: June 1-6

Bustang bus system to connect Denver, Colorado Springs, Fort Collins and Glenwood Springs

Bustang, a state-owned bus system, revealed their black and purple buses to the public for the first time on Thursday, June 4. The buses, which hold 50 passengers, will begin transporting passengers to Denver from Colorado Springs, Fort Collins and Glenwood springs on July 13. The buses will make seven round trips between Colorado Springs and Denver each weekday.

One-way tickets will cost $12

Bustang will will the void left by FREX, a regional us system funded by the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority shut down in 2012. FREX ran on a similar line but was funded solely by Colorado Springs rather than the state.

Colorado voters to decide whether state can retain collected marijuana taxes

Governor Hickenlooper signed a bill Thursday, June 4 that asks voters if the state can use or must refund the estimated $58 million in recreational marijuana taxes collected this fiscal year.

According to the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights, the state will have to refund all of the money generated by those taxes. The state has already allocated about $30 million on marijuana-related programs during the next fiscal year. If voters decide to uphold the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights, the money for such programs will come from the general fund.

If voters agree to leave the money with the state, $40 million of the $58 million in collectedd taxes will fund a grant program for school constructions known as BEST (Building Excellent Schools Today).

Mayor-elect John Suthers sworn into office on Tuesday after overwhelmingly defeating Mary Lou Makepeace

After winning 67.68 percent of the vote, Suthers was sworn in on Tuesday, June 2. The following day, Suthers met with outgoing Mayor Steve Bach to begin Suthers’ transition into office.

Suthers will immediately begin to discuss with city officials the infrastructure needs deficit, estimated at more than $1.3 billion. During the campaign, numerous Colorado Springs citizens raised questions to both candidates concerning this issue.

Estimated five tornadoes hit El Paso and Elbert counties on Thursday 

The National Weather Service in Pueblo does not have an official number of tornadoes that swung through the area on Thursday, June 4 yet. The number, based on an estimate in part founded in witness accounts posted on Twitter, the NWS, will be reviewed over the next couple of days.

Plans for a new apartment complex addresses need for downtown housing 

Local investment group All Pro Capital Inc. plans to invest in a 46 unit-apartment project in western downtown Colorado Springs.

All Pro Capital Inc. head Brian Bahr anticipates construction on the four-story building to begin next spring and end for opening in late 2016. The buildings, located at 22 North Spruce St., is not in the heart of downtown but a short walk from the restaurants, nightclubs, stores and other attractions that will appeal to younger professionals, a population Colorado Springs desperately needs.

The building will include a small fitness center, a self-serve coffee bar, a rooftop gather with a fire pit and barbecue and an underground parking lot, according to the Gazette.

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