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Economy leads to transit schedule changes

ROBERT ALLEN
summit daily news
Summit County, Colorado

The Breckenridge Free Ride Transit System summer schedule this year will be reduced when it takes effect April 25 ” but no full-time, year-round drivers are being laid off, said town transit manager Maribeth Lewis.

All routes will be reduced to one-hour service except the Yellow Route, which will run 30-minute service.

The changes were presented to the public at a meeting Wednesday. Lewis said Thursday that there hasn’t been much negative feedback.

“Most people understand that the economy’s tough all over,” she said.

Some 46 percent of summer riders use the Yellow Route, which serves many

job-access commuters. Though the route is intended to include the new Colorado Mountain College site, such access may not be available by fall semester because of a road issue.

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“We are currently trying to work in partnership with the college,” Lewis said, adding that a segment of road needs to be paved before bus access is available.

She said that without the segment, buses would “have to go around the long way, and that’s too much time.”

“Once we are able to work with the college, we definitely are going to be going there at some point,” she said, adding that it could be available by winter, but there’s really no certainty.

The Summit Stage will offer CMC access on its Frisco-to-Breckenridge route beginning in August, but passengers will need to inform the driver in advance that they want to stop there.

Summit Stage begins its summer schedule April 19, and it will be similar to last year ” with only one bus per route running between 9:15 a.m. and 3:10 p.m.

“The schedule proved last summer to be very effective in providing fuel savings, while having as little negative impact to passengers as possible,” Summit Stage transit director John Jones said in a press release.

Lewis said that on Breckenridge Free Ride, the Yellow and Brown routes will

end secondary-bus service beginning April 13 ” meaning the buses will be on

30-minute rather than 15-minute service.

“We’re just ending those two routes ahead of schedule,” she said. “We are experiencing lower ridership on those routes, so the demand isn’t there for number two buses anymore.”

This summer, all Free Ride buses will depart Breckenridge Station Transit Center at 15 minutes and 45 minutes past each hour to preserve connections with Summit Stage.

“Economic conditions will continue to be monitored closely, and additional measures may be necessary to adjust to continuing economic pressures for both transit systems,” according to a press release.

Summer schedules run through Nov. 14 for Breckenridge Free Ride and Nov. 21 for Summit Stage. Updating schedule information is to be available at townofbreckenridge.com for Free Ride and summitstage.com for Summit Stage.