Why there’s no Stage service to Blue River | SummitDaily.com

Why there’s no Stage service to Blue River

Kent Willis
President, Summit Stage Board

I would like to respond to Neale Miller’s letter of Feb. 12 (“Stage should service Blue River) by thanking him for his comments. I am a huge proponent of public transportation. The Summit Stage is one of the crown jewels of Summit County. The Stage is the fifth largest transit system in the state ” and it’s free. Both locals and tourists take advantage of the free ride with over 2.1 million trips taken the last two years. At a similar meeting in 2007 we heard about the need for expanding service to Blue River. Personally, I would love to expand the Stage’s service to Blue River, as well as Copper, Kremmling, Leadville, Alma, Fairplay and even Eagle County. There is or soon will be a need to make these connections.

The bottom line is we simply don’t have the funding at this time to make these expansions. We had to curtail summer service last year and will again this summer just to maintain what we have. I believe the Stage Board is committed to restoring these services when funds are available and to look at additional service.

For clarification, the Blue River service Mr. Miller refers to back in 1996 was funded with a special grant. Unfortunately once the grant expired, the Stage was no longer able to maintain the service. I would also encourage everyone to come to the meeting Feb. 25 at 8:15 a.m. at the County Community Center. We do want and need to hear from you.

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