Vail Valley locals lobby for late bus

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— This is not just about drinking — that’s what members of a Facebook group focused on bringing ECO Transit’s late night bus service back to Colorado’s Vail Valley are saying.

The county’s winter bus schedule has the latest bus leaving the Vail Transportation Center at midnight, whereas last season the last bus left a 2 a.m. The new schedule, combined with a $1 fare increase that went into effect in the fall, hasn’t been well received.

Kevin Foley, an ECO Transit board member and Vail council member, isn’t happy about the decreased service either. He said the service cuts are a slap in the face to local workers. He said ECO’s budget has been crippled by the administration fees the county charges — fees he said the transit tax passed by voters wasn’t meant to provide for.

“It’s absolutely ludicrous that the people collecting the sales taxes that pay for this service are being excluded from it,” Foley said. “I think it’s imperative for the ECO Bus board to restore that late night service.”

One Vail couple who works late, Dave Saumsiegle and Trixie Bluvstein, are getting signatures for a petition they plan to bring to the county. Bluvstein started the petition a few weeks ago and has about 250 signatures, Saumsiegle said.

Sarah Whitmore, an Eagle-Vail woman who started a Facebook group, said she slept in her car one night because she couldn’t get a bus home. She couldn’t imagine the late night service cuts would extend into the winter, but they have.

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