Neale Miller: Stage should service Blue River
Blue River, CO Colorado
On Feb. 25, the Summit Stage will hold a meeting at the Frisco Community Center at 8:15 a.m. to discuss the bus routes. As a long-time resident of Blue River and the general manager of Skier’s Edge Lodge, I plan to attend to try to convince the Summit Stage to add a route through Blue River ” currently the only area of Summit County not serviced by the shuttle system.
The need for adding a Blue River shuttle is evidenced by not being able to drive from the base of Hoosier Pass to Breckenridge without seeing at least 1 hitchhiker. If you ask the Summit Stage about adding a shuttle, they will tell you that they ran a shuttle to Blue River from 1996-2002, which was canceled due to low ridership. My understanding is the issue with that shuttle was that it only stopped at Blue River Condos, and then continued on to Alma and Fairplay. With more stops and restricting the shuttle to Summit County only, ridership should increase significantly. Also, ridership should improve due to the increase in the Blue River population since 2002. And I believe many Blue River residents will ride the shuttle to avoid the pain of parking in free parking on Airport Road (speaking of which: Isn’t the town trying to find additional solutions to the lack of skier parking?). Finally, we all know public transportation cuts down on drinking and driving.
There have been discussions on where the buses can turn around and the square footage required for such large vehicles. I have personally reviewed the documents that the Summit Stage publishes regarding this, and this is easily remedied at Quandary Rd. and South Highway 9 ” a perfect place to stop for riders, and about as far as it is necessary to go in the county. Additional stops should include, in this reader’s opinion, the driveway at Skier’s Edge/Quandary Condos, the Blue River Town Hall, Blue River Road, the Crown subdivision and Spruce Valley Ranch.
Please attend the meeting Feb. 25 if you are interested in having the Summit Stage extend its route to the base of Hoosier Pass.
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