Temporary shuttle service on Pikes Peak Highway begins May 31

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - A record number of visitors are expected to hit the road on the Pikes Peak Highway this year, but getting to the very top will be a little different.

The temporary change comes as construction on the new summit complex is set to get underway this June.

Since parking at the summit will be limited thanks to construction and the closure of the Pikes Peak Cog Railway, free shuttles will take visitors to the summit.

The service starts May 31 and runs through about mid-September. Visitors will pay the regular entrance fee and drive up just part of the way. They'll park at the either the start line to the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb or at Devil's Playground. From there, a shuttle will take them all the way up.

"It's going to cost us about $2 million for this shuttle service," Pikes Peak Highway manager Jack Glavan said. "It is coming out of the Pikes Peak America's Mountain budget, and we are an enterprise of the city, so no tax dollars."

Construction on the new summit house is expected to last until fall 2020. While the shuttle service is only scheduled through September, it could be expanded if demand persists. 

Some visitors will be able to bypass the shuttle process and drive all the way up. They include people with disabilities, families with kids in car seats, and motorcycles in groups less than 10.

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