Breckenridge Free Ride may face cuts
April 7, 2009
The summer schedule for the Breckenrige Free Ride Transit System will likely be reduced as town officials aim to save money during rough economic times. A public presentation scheduled for tonight at the Town Council Chambers will address route changes to take effect April 25. Town council discussed the routes with staff at the March 24 work session, where council members recommended reducing all summer routes (Purple, Black, Orange and Brown) except the Yellow route from 30-minute to one-hour intervals. This approach could save the town an estimated $130,000 this year. (The town) spent so much time building transit, Councilman Rob Millisor said at the work session. Cutting is difficult.The summer accounts for 23 percent of Free Rides annual ridership, with 46 percent of summer riders using the Yellow route. The Yellow route serves many job-access commuters and will include the new Colorado Mountain College site which is to open for the fall semester.Yellow is the most dangerous route to ride a bike on, Councilman Eric Mamula said at the work session.The popular route includes Kings Crown Road, Park Avenue and Airport Road. The Brown and Purple routes are also among the more popular of the towns transit system. Tonights meeting from 6-7:30 p.m. is to include a Spanish translator. New Free Ride maps and schedules are to be available April 19 at Breckenridge Station. The summer schedule runs until Nov. 14. Robert Allen can be contacted at (970) 668-4628 or firstname.lastname@example.org.