Thursday, December 16, 2010
Steamboat Springs The city’s free buses will offer late-night service starting today, with a final bus leaving downtown at about 2:20 a.m. in a loop to the mountain area.
The Steamboat Springs City Council’s approval of the extended hours in November stemmed from the city’s ongoing discussions about how to spur economic development and support the business community. The late-night bus service also addresses recent conflicts between downtown business owners and downtown residents who objected to late-night noise from bands and crowds spilling outside after bars closed.
The City Council approved the expenditure of $44,827 to extend free, late-night Steamboat Springs Transit service to 2:20 a.m. seven days a week today through April 10.
City Public Works Director Philo Shelton said in November that buses will leave the Stock Bridge Transit Center for downtown and then the mountain area at 1, 1:20, 1:40, 2 and 2:20 a.m.
Shelton also said in November transit staff would review ridership numbers for the late-night service this winter, likely in February, to determine whether the service should continue through April 10.