Officials review bus schedules, night services |

Officials review bus schedules, night services

Christine McManus

FRISCO – Summit Stage officials will review bus schedules and routes on Wednesday morning, including late night bus services.

The Transit Advisory Board meets at 8 a.m. in the Emergency Services Building at the County Commons.

The late night service is intended for general use and as an alternative to drunken driving. During winter days, there are an average of eight bus riders per hour, said Bill Watterson, Summit Stage director. After 10 p.m. there are far fewer riders.

About 15 riders per hour is the recommended rate. At least 15 riders per hour makes the free bus cost effective, said Summit Stage board member Steve Swanson.

“No one wants to see the late night service go away. However, with all the budget cutbacks, you have to look at everything,” said Swanson, who also serves as a Silverthorne Town Council member.

Both ridership and bus service in Summit County decrease from April through October, when most ski resorts are closed. The Summit Stage board alters the schedule and routes twice a year, once at the beginning and again at the end of ski season.

Although Swanson said he was concerned about the late night service, Watterson said the board will review 2003 ridership levels and statistics and consider any possible bus schedule changes possibly beginning in April or


– By Christine McManus

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