Steamboat Springs Transit expects busy New Year’s Eve |

Steamboat Springs Transit expects busy New Year’s Eve

— Sobriety can be a challenge on New Year’s Eve, so local police and transit officials are gearing up for a busy night.

Steamboat Springs Transit is preparing for what historically is its busiest day of the year, giving rides on the free buses to an estimated 10,000 people. SST will operate six additional buses from 10:30 p.m. today to 2:20 a.m. Saturday. That means buses will be running every 10 minutes instead of the typical 20 minutes.

“It’s a great way for people to go out and enjoy the evening and not have to worry about driving,” Transit Operations Manager Jonathan Flint said.

People with questions can call 970-879-3717 or visit

Steamboat’s taxi service, Go Alpine, is adding staff to handle the phones and drive additional vehicles tonight.

“It really gets super busy around 11 p.m., and it’s pretty much nonstop,” office manager Betty Rubin said. “It can go on until 4 or 5 in the morning. We do wish everyone a happy new year,but a safe one.”

Rubin offers several tips to people trying to catch a cab:

■ Dress warm. Temperatures are expected to reach minus 10 degrees tonight.

■ Call for a cab an hour before you want to be picked up.

■ Keep your cell phone turned on so Go Alpine can call you.

■ Call Go Alpine if you no longer need a cab or you need the cab at a different location. People can call Alpine at 970-879-8294(TAXI).

The Colorado Department of Transportation is advising “Don’t Ring in the New Year in Hand­­cuffs” in an effort to deter people from driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

The Steamboat Springs Police Department and local Colorado State Patrol troopers are participating in CDOT’s increased DUI enforcement programs through Monday. The departments receive grant money to allow officers and troopers to work overtime hours specifically for DUI enforcement.

State Patrol Sgt. Scott Elliott said there were no DUI checkpoints planned but there will be increased patrols in the Craig and Steamboat Springs areas.

“With the snowy, icy conditions, be careful, and take it slow,” Elliott said. “Make sure you use a designated driver.”

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