YVRA gearing up for winter

Manager: Airport rejected first round of bids for services


— As the summer air season draws to a close, Yampa Valley Regional Airport is in a state of transition and preparing itself for a busy winter.

Manager Dave Ruppel said the airport has fielded bids for a few services at the airport, including a bid for its ground transportation service. The airport's current contract with Alpine Taxi expires in less than three months, Ruppel said.

In its first round of bidding, the airport received three proposals for ground transportation, but none of them conformed to the airport's needs. On Tuesday, Ruppel went before the Routt County Board of Commissioners to have those bids officially rejected.

"We try to keep everything in line," Ruppel said. "If people don't meet our needs, we take a step back and reassess."

Ruppel said the airport is required by the Federal Aviation Administration to rebid its contracts for services such as ground transportation at least once every five years. That requirement is designed to reassure taxpayers that the airport is getting the best deal and not letting a particular company enjoy a monopoly.

Ruppel expects the next round of bidding to progress quickly and to have a new contract in place well before the current one expires.

"This won't impact service in any way, shape or form," Ruppel said.

The airport also is acquiring additional baggage claim belts. The belts will be used for a temporary baggage claim area airport officials hope to set up in the former lobby area, which is scheduled to be torn out in 2009 when the airport begins its third phase of expansions.

"We've got a couple years here where we need to make that space work for us," Ruppel said.

- To reach Brandon Gee, call 871-4210

or e-mail bgee@steamboatpilot.com


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