Thursday, November 3, 2005
Steamboat Springs Transit's regional buses don't have a home.
For years, drivers have parked the buses outside in the cold, making service unreliable, or in rental spaces that posed a variety of problems.
But officials have taken a step toward establishing storage and park-and-ride facilities in Craig.
The Steamboat Springs City Council this week adopted an ordinance to approve a purchase contract between Steamboat Springs and the Moffat County Board of Commissioners.
The city and Moffat County, in addition to the city of Craig, have collaborated on an agreement that would allow Steamboat to purchase the old Moffat County Road and Bridge shop at 616 E. Victory Way. Moffat County commissioners will review the purchase contract Monday.
Depending on project costs, the city could tear down the existing shop and construct its own bus facility.
The shop's location is perfect for a park-and-ride, said George Krawzoff, Steamboat's director of transportation services, because it is at the east side of Craig, where buses make their last pickup on the way to Steamboat and their first drop-off on the return trip.
The shop also is adjacent to Moffat County Fairgrounds, and Krawzoff said fair officials probably could use the facility's restrooms and parking spaces during the fair.
In addition to the park-and-ride, the facility would provide indoor parking space for all three regional buses. Currently, one bus is stored in Steamboat, creating "dead time" when the bus is not carrying passengers on its trip to Craig, Krawzoff said.
The Moffat County Road and Bridge shop would cost Steamboat $220,000. Steam--boat has received a $500,000 Energy Impact Fund grant for the project, which could include construction of a new facility. Funds remaining after the purchase of the shop likely would be used to obtain matching federal grants.
A budget for the project has not been set. Krawzoff said the price of steel and other materials likely will affect the cost.