Summit Stage to launch new winter schedule, shut down Summit Cove route
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The Summit Stage will switch over to a revamped winter schedule Sunday, discontinuing the Summit Cove route and Colorado Mountain College stop while increasing peak-time service to Copper Mountain and launching winter service a bit earlier than in recent years.
Also beginning Sunday morning, buses will leave the Frisco and Silverthorne stations 10 minutes earlier. The Stage will depart from Frisco at the top of every hour and 30 minutes after every hour and from the Silverthorne station at 15 and 45 minutes after every hour. The 10 minute roll-back applies to all routes.
The Swan Mountain Flyer will also resume service Sunday morning and, at the request of the public, continue to run to Arapahoe Basin through the Sunday before Memorial Day, 2011.
Twice an hour service on Summit Stage routes, which was only available during peak times last year, will run all day from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. this winter.
But service to Colorado Mountain College-Breckenridge campus, as well as the entire Summit Cove route, have been eliminated this year, due to poor performance, transit representatives said.
“The route has never performed up to standard,” Summit Stage transit director John Jones said. “We’ve made several adjustments on it over the six-year period that the route has run. Surveys and the comments from the residents … were, ‘we don’t need this route, we don’t want it.’ So between those comments and the overall performance issues coupled with funding difficulties, the Stage board made the decision to pull the route.”
The Summit Stage has a standard of 10 passengers per hour.
The Colorado Mountain College stop, which didn’t see much traffic either, will also be shut down this weekend. Transit travelers can access CMC on the Breckenridge Free Ride’s yellow route, which picks up Summit Stage passengers at the Breckenridge/Watson Street station.
The stop was eliminated due to time constraints on the Frisco to Breckenridge route, Jones said.
Also beginning this winter, a third bus will run between Copper Mountain and Frisco from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily to help handle heavier traffic at peak times.
In the past the Summit Stage started winter service the first week of December, but moved the winter schedule launch up a week this year at the request of riders and the ski areas, Jones said. Winter service will continue through Saturday, April 23, seeing the ski season through to the close of all resorts.
For additional information on the Summit Stage routes, hours and services contact the Summit Stage at (970) 668-0999 or visit http://www.SummitStage.com.
SDN reporter Caddie Nath can be contacted at (970) 668-4628 or at email@example.com.
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