City transit officials to hold public meeting

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Residents will have a chance this week to give input about transit services in Steamboat Springs.

During a public meeting Wednesday, Steamboat Springs Transit officials will discuss plans for winter service, including where buses will stop and how often they will be running. They also will talk about paratransit services for people with disabilities, as well as contracts for DBE, or disadvantaged business enterprise.

Steamboat Springs Transit will hold a meeting for public comment about its services from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Centennial Hall's Crawford Room.

People who are interested in driving a bus should call 879-3717. Classes, which last about three weeks, start Nov. 7 and 28.

Mostly, officials just want to hear people's thoughts about transit services and what else they would like to see, said Jonathan Flint, operations manager of the city's transit division.

"We'd love to hear what comments are out there and get the pulse of the needs out there," Flint said.

Transit officials already have heard from residents who would like to see service expanded to several areas, including Steamboat II, Fish Creek Falls, north of Mount Werner and the hospital, Flint said. Many of those locations are on officials' "wish list," but they aren't likely to be added soon, he said.

"Cost is probably prohibitive in adding additional service," he said.

A shortage of bus drivers also is affecting the winter season.

This year, buses will run on a "pre-peak" service schedule from Nov. 20 to Dec. 10. Peak winter service typically would start at this time, Flint said, but the transit division is about 10 drivers short from its usual 40-person winter crew.

Flint said he hopes to hire more drivers before the peak season arrives.

"As we enter into the holiday season, we're hopeful we'll have enough drivers to operate as we did last year."

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