Dig into the bus data and give Keystone the same as Breck | SummitDaily.com

Dig into the bus data and give Keystone the same as Breck

Craig SuwinskiKeystone

I predict Jane Stebbins’ excellent Jan. 30 article on “Breck questions if bus service is fair” will open Pandora’s box. The article quotes Breckenridge Town Councilmember Jim Lamb saying, “I’d like to see Keystone do what Breckenridge does. The Stage takes people there, then it’s their (Keystone’s) job to move people around.”While there is a dispute with Vail Resorts about how much Keystone owners should pay toward Keystone’s shuttle service, there is an existing $1.8 million a year shuttle system here. Vail pays part of the cost and requires $150 a bedroom a year for owner use. This controversial and owner-unfriendly fee costs county taxpayers several hundred thousand dollars per year. I don’t know if this is more, or less, than Breckenridge taxpayers pay through Breck’s tax structure.Summit Stage director John Jones said Breckenridge service consumes 28 percent of Stage operating hours and 25 percent of overall services. He will collect sales tax data to determine how much Breckenridge contributes.Please collect that data. Also collect the data on the Stage sales taxes that come from Keystone, Copper, Frisco, Silverthorne and Dillon.Tell us what the proportionate share of services, operating hours and tax collections are for each area.Data on the percent of Stage riders who are workers depending on the Stage to get to work in each area is also important. It is those workers that help generate the Stage sales taxes. Getting workers to work is a necessary cost of our support infrastructure for less advantaged workers. The Stage does a great job of this while keeping car pollution and traffic counts down.If, as Lamb requests, Breckenridge gets “15-minute service, a stipend (or something),” the taxpayers and residents of Keystone would like to be considered for similar treatment.I made a similar, unfruitful, inquiry of county commissioners last year about some Stage funding for Keystone transportation services.

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