Mark Felber: Tips for transit changes in Summit County |

Mark Felber: Tips for transit changes in Summit County

As a Summit Stage driver and sometime passenger on the Breckenridge-Frisco route, I’d like to comment on the proposal to subcontract the Boreas Pass bus route to the Town of Breckenridge.

The long travel times on the Frisco-Breckenridge route are not caused by the Boreas Pass route; they are caused by the ridiculously circuitous route that the bus follows, zigzagging back and forth to reach stops that see very little use. Moving the Ophir Mountain Townhomes, County Commons, hospital and high school stops back to Highway 9 would make the journey from Frisco to Breckenridge faster and more consistent, and would reduce the delays caused by Summit Stage buses as they maneuver in and out of these locations.

Mr. Jones’ claim that “up to four driver positions” could be eliminated doesn’t make sense to me. The Frisco-Breckenridge trip will still take 30-40 minutes, so maintaining half-hourly service will still require four buses. The buses will just sit and idle at Breckenridge Station for longer periods than they do now.

If the Summit Stage, the Transit Board and the county commissioners are serious about saving money and improving bus service, they should seriously consider cutting back the late-night bus service. Ending service at midnight would save money and make life much more pleasant for people living next to some of the busier bus stops.

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