South Routt bus shuttle may see time changes


— Bus rides from south Routt County will continue this ski season, but the Routt County Board of Commissioners is evaluating requests for changes in the bus schedule.
The South Routt Express, run by Alpine Taxi, begins running Nov. 22 until the end of ski season on April 15.
As in the past three ski seasons, the bus will start picking up people at the Yampa Post Office at 6:30 a.m., then make stops at the Phippsburg and Oak Creek post offices. It arrives in Steamboat Springs at 7:30 a.m. It leaves Steamboat at about 5 p.m.
"There is a petition in the Yampa area requesting a change in time of buses," Commissioner Ben Beall said.
Beall said the bus a 14-passenger van has been servicing mostly Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. employees and early morning jobs because a survey showed that was when the bus would be used the most.
"It's difficult to hit everybody," Beall said.
And right now, another bus wouldn't be cost effective.
"We haven't seen yet that there's enough traffic to add another time frame," Commissioner Dan Ellison said.
Ridership has increased from 566 passengers during the 1997-98 ski season to 957 passengers during the 1999-2000 ski season. Passengers pay $25 for a book of 10 rides or $3 per ride.
The county subsidized $6,376 last year.
"We're willing to do that to address the transportation issue," Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak said.
The commissioners plan to talk with petitioners about a possible time change in the bus schedule.
The final South Routt Express schedule should be posted within weeks.

To reach Frances Hohl call 871-4208


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