New layout for bus stops at Steamboat base area start Friday
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — A new layout is coming this week to the Gondola Transit Center.
The transit center will continue serving the same bus routes, but starting Friday, the stops at the transit center will see a shuffle from the existing layout.
Those riding the shuttle from the Steamboat Resort base area to the Meadows Parking Lot will see the biggest change. The Meadows shuttle will now load on the northern end of the transit center, shifting the loading line to the brick paved area near the covered bus shelter.
“It’s safer,” said Steamboat Springs Redevelopment Authority Project Manager Ralph Walton. “If we can lessen congestion at one pinch point, it’ll be safer for drivers and pedestrians. It’ll be, I think, a little clearer because there will be less loading and unloading in a congested area. By distributing it out, I think guest service will be enhanced as well.”
The change aims to improve safety, efficient operations and services to guests at the transit center, Walton said.
Currently, the Meadows Shuttle loads at the southernmost island at the transit center. The island becomes congested with passengers waiting to load in peak travel times, with the line sometimes backing up across the roadway that buses use to enter the transit center.
“The new layout should eliminate two to three thousand pedestrians from having to cross in front of buses entering the Transit Center and make this area much safer for both pedestrians and drivers,” Steamboat Springs Transit Manager Jonathan Flint was quoted as saying in a news release.
Steamboat Springs Transit’s downtown buses — the red and blue lines — will now stop on island one, the northernmost island. The green line — a condo route — and the regional bus will now pick up and drop off passengers on island 2. The purple and orange condo lines will use island 3. The four southernmost islands will serve lodging shuttles.
The change is currently being made on a trial basis. Changing the layout of the transit center was a short-term solution aimed at improving the flow of traffic at the Gondola Transit Center.
The idea was formed when the Redevelopment Authority, the city, the resort and local lodging properties met to discuss a traffic study at the transit center. The study continues to gather data about mobility in the transit center, including the number of vehicles and passengers using the area and the impact of weather and time of year on travel.
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