Bus changes on tap for winter
SUMMIT COUNTY – Bus route and schedule changes for this winter were approved by the advisory board of the Summit Stage Wednesday morning.
Changes to the Breckenridge-Keystone line, the Keystone-Arapahoe Basin line, the Keystone-Silverthorne line and the Copper Mountain-Frisco line will occur Nov. 23. The Stage bus drivers make changes typically at the start of every ski season to meet the demands of skiers and resort employees.
The Summit Stage is trying to simultaneously reduce ride times and add service, while revenues continue to drop. Daily service will increase from 164 travel hours to 175 travel hours, said Bill Watterson in a presentation to the advisory board.
A line between Keystone and Breckenridge over Swan Mountain Road will run only if a contract among the resorts, and possibly the town of Breckenridge, is negotiated. Keystone said it will no longer solely finance the route. The proposed contract, which might split the cost between the resorts and the town, would run the line during peak ski season from Dec. 20 to March 2004.
Although Summit Stage leaders said they do not want the shuttle between Keystone and Arapahoe Basin eliminated, service might have to be reduced if additional funding is not found soon.
The Silverthorne-Keystone line will add rush-hour stops in Dillon Valley, adding 15 minutes to the 30-minute, one-way trip. The Silverthorne-Keystone lines departing from Silverthorne Station at 6:15 a.m. and 7:15 a.m., and lines leaving Keystone Mountain House at 4:15 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. will stop in Dillon Valley instead of Dillon Town Center and Dillon Ridge. Between 7:15 a.m. and 4:15 p.m. the Silverthorne-Keystone buses will stop in Dillon Town Center, not in Dillon Valley.
The Copper-Frisco line will see an extra bus in circulation during the upcoming ski season, making the wait time a maximum 30 minutes from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and an hour between 6:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.
The board discussed having extra buses on hand for the Frisco-Silverthorne line during peak travel hours.
Final changes to bus schedules will be decided by November.
Ridership between towns has increased overall this year compared to last year. The average cost per rider during the daytime dropped from $3.20 by August 2002 to $2.78 by the end of August this year. Late-night ridership costs so far this year dropped from $19.35 per rider to $13.02 per rider. The bus service is free, but the Summit Stage calculates the cost per rider to determine the efficiency of its services.
Contact the Summit Stage at (970) 668-0999.
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