Holiday bus service expands

Officials hope to reduce traffic during Fourth of July weekend

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— Residents and visitors who plan to attend the city's fireworks show or other Fourth of July holiday events can take advantage of expanded free bus service.

Jonathan Flint, operations manager for Steamboat Springs Transit, said the expanded service will appeal to anyone who wants to attend some of this weekend's events and avoid traffic and parking issues.

"It is a concern that there might not be enough parking available," Flint said about tonight's free concert at Howelsen Hill and other weekend events.

The expanded service is part of an effort by city officials to reduce traffic problems in areas that could become congested.

"It offers a different option for people to park in places that may be a little bit less congested and catch a shuttle bus down there," Flint said.

The expanded bus service will operate:

Today, for the free Chicago Blues Reunion concert at Howelsen Hill. SST will begin running a shuttle at 4:30 p.m., and it will run on a continuous loop until about 5:30 p.m. The shuttle will start at the Stock Bridge Transit Center west of downtown Steamboat and stop at the Ninth and Yampa streets parking area. It still is undetermined whether there will be a special shuttle to take concertgoers back to the Stock Bridge Transit Center (read below for other transportation options).

Saturday, for the dedication of the Colorado Ski Heritage Project, which led to the construction of the year-round ski jump. SST will operate a shuttle from 3 to 7 p.m. from the Stock Bridge Transit Center to the Ninth and Yampa streets parking area.

Tuesday, for the fireworks show. SST will operate additional buses from 4 to 9:30 p.m. The buses will run in addition to the regularly scheduled buses. SST also will operate additional buses at the end of the fireworks show. They will be interspersed in the downtown area between the regularly scheduled buses headed to the mountain and the Stock Bridge Transit Center and West Steamboat. All mountain-bound service will end at about 11:15 p.m., and town-bound service will end at about 11:30 p.m.

Other options for today and Saturday include the regular buses that depart Stock Bridge for Ninth Street and Lincoln Avenue at 10, 30 and 50 minutes past each hour; the Main Street Shuttle that departs Stock Bridge at zero, 20 and 40 minutes past each hour; and the Yellow Line, which is on call from Stock Bridge to Howelsen Hill. Return trips depart Ninth Street and Lincoln Avenue to Stock Bridge at 18 and 48 minutes past each hour.

-- To reach Dana Strongin call 871-4229,

or e-mail dstrongin@steamboatpilot.com

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