Steamboat police, buses ready for St. Patrick’s Day revelers
Steamboat Springs Transit expects 7,200 riders
March 17, 2011
Steamboat Springs — You might get away with pinching a bus driver for not wearing green on St. Patrick's Day, but police officers dressed in their standard blue uniforms might not be as understanding during today's holiday.
The Steamboat Springs Police Department and Steamboat Springs Transit are gearing up for a busy day.
Sgt. Rich Brown said officers in the department are being encouraged to conduct extra foot patrols today. A few officers also will have the opportunity to get in some turns at Steamboat Ski Area as they help Steamboat Ski Patrol on the mountain.
"We'll make sure people are having fun but being respectful of other skiers and riders," Brown said.
Officers will be doing extra foot patrols in Ski Time Square and elsewhere at the base area.
Brown said five officers will be working during the evening hours in addition to an officer assigned specifically to DUI enforcement. Grant money will allow the officer to focus five hours on traffic enforcement.
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It will be pretty much business as usual for the free city buses that transport people between downtown and the mountain area.
Jonathan Flint, Steamboat Springs Transit operations manager, said with the addition of late-night service to the regular bus schedule this ski season, there was no need to extend the hours.
Buses between downtown and the mountain will run about every 10 minutes until about 7:30 p.m. The buses then switch to the late-night schedule and run every 20 minutes. The last bus leaves downtown at Seventh Street at 2:24 a.m. headed for the mountain.
Flint said on St. Patrick's Day the buses are typically the busiest between when the mountain closes into the early evening. Flint expected buses to carry 7,200 to 7,500 people today, which would be an increase from the 7,088 passengers carried on St. Patrick's Day last year.
"It's a busy night all the way through," Flint said.