Local: Get on the bus, Fish Creek Falls
New route to start in winter; Hilltop likely also served
Steamboat Springs — Starting this winter, a new city bus route will run along Fish Creek Falls Road.
George Krawzoff, transportation director for the city of Steamboat Springs, announced this week that the Colorado Department of Transportation has awarded the city $44,000 in federal grant funds to develop an expansion bus route. Providing a route for residents in the Fish Creek Falls Road area has been discussed since at least 2000, Krawzoff said, making the new route the culmination of a lengthy community effort.
“We’re happy that we’re able to do this,” Krawzoff said Thursday. “We will include a Fish Creek Falls/Tamarack loop in our winter service plan.”
Winter service schedules for city buses usually begin shortly after Thanksgiving, Krawzoff said. The new loop will likely run up Hilltop Lane from U.S. Highway 40, continue to Tamarack Drive and then come down Fish Creek Falls Road into Old Town, he said.
“We prefer to descend Fish Creek Falls Road rather than climb it in winter conditions,” Krawzoff said.
The grant is part of the Federal Transit Administration’s 5311 program, which provides funding for transit services in rural or non-urbanized areas. Colorado’s share of funds from that program received an “unanticipated increase” this year, Krawzoff said, which opened the door for Steamboat’s funding.
The city has also received $294,000 in 5311 grant funding, which will be used towards the purchase of a new, diesel-electric hybrid bus.
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