South Routt Express returns |

South Routt Express returns

County will help fund transportation to, from Steamboat

Gary E. Salazar

— For the fourth year in a row, Routt County will subsidize public transportation between South Routt and Steamboat Springs.

The South Routt Express bus service will begin Monday and will be offered six days a week. The bus will not be offered on Sunday.

The bus will start every morning at 6:30 a.m. in Yampa and will make stops in Phippsburg and Oak Creek before proceeding to Steamboat Springs on Colorado 131.

The bus is scheduled to arrive in Steamboat Springs every morning at 7:30 a.m.

“We encourage anyone who lives in South Routt to use the express even if they don’t use it every day,” Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak said. “Any cars we can get off (Colo. 131) is beneficial to everyone.”

The bus will leave Steamboat Springs every evening and make stops in each of the South Routt communities. The bus will arrive in Yampa at 6:30 p.m.

To offer the service, Routt County has entered a contract with Alpine Taxi. The county is paying the company about $5,000 for the service.

The cost for residents to ride the bus is $3, which is the price of a one-way fare. Discount ticket booklets will be available. Residents can purchase 10 one-way tickets for $25.

County officials stress South Routt residents need to take advantage of the bus service to ensure the program continues.

“It is a service that has been active enough to keep it going,” Stahoviak said.

The bus can be beneficial to residents who work in Steamboat Springs and do not need a vehicle for errands or meetings.

Residents can also ride the bus to Steamboat Springs and arrange to meet someone for a ride home.

South Routt residents who ski can also take advantage of the bus service because it stops at the Gondola Plaza Transit Center at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area.

The bus will also make stops at requested destinations.

“The driver will make stops wherever a person needs to go,” Stahoviak said.

The county started the bus service three years ago at the urging of South Routt residents and to provide public transportation to that part of the county.

The county also subsidizes a portion of the costs for the bus service between Steamboat Springs and Craig.

The county realizes the schedule is restrictive but will add a second bus if there are enough riders, which in past years has been inconsistent.

“Sometimes it is good, and sometimes it isn’t,” Stahoviak said of passengers.

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