Steamboat Springs A new city bus route connecting Fish Creek Falls Road to Hilltop Parkway and U.S. Highway 40 will begin service Sunday.
The Hilltop Connector, a new route made possible by $44,000 in federal grant funds awarded to Steamboat Springs by the Colorado Department of Transportation, was announced in July and originally scheduled to begin service in November as part of the city's winter schedule.
City Transportation Director George Krawzoff said starting the route early offers a chance to try the route before the busy winter months.
"We're hoping to iron the bugs out during the offseason," Krawzoff said. "I would encourage everyone to treat this as a trial run, to be patient and to let us know what works and what doesn't work, so that we can look at (the route) again in preparing for the winter."
The route will run up Fish Creek Falls Road before turning south on Tamarack Drive and Hilltop Parkway. The direction of the route is a reversal of initial planning, and was decided after a public forum last month, Krawzoff said. The new direction will provide bus users in the Hilltop area with convenient access to services such as local grocery stores.
Stops on the new route include: Fifth Street and Lincoln Avenue, Tamarack Drive and Fish Creek Falls Road, Fish Creek Apartments, Tamarack Drive and Hilltop Parkway, Hillside Village Apartments, Hilltop Parkway and Sandhill Circle, Hilltop Parkway and Longview Circle, Hilltop Parkway and U.S. 40, Sundance Plaza, Safeway and Steamboat Square.
Buses on the Hilltop Connector route will service stops at half-hour intervals between 7:25 a.m. and 7:22 p.m.
Bus stops on the route are not yet marked with signs, Deputy City Manager Wendy DuBord said.
"They've marked the pavement," DuBord said, referring to transportation staff. "We'll get signs up as soon as we can."