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Steamboat Springs Transit reports strong performance numbers for winter season

Scott Franz

A Steamboat Springs Transit bus prepares to depart the Stock Bridge Transit Center.

— Steamboat Springs Transit ended its winter season on a roll.

Transit Manager Jonathan Flint reported Thursday the city's local bus service carried 660,568 passengers from Dec. 6 through April 10 and significantly improved its on-time performance.

The results marked a big improvement from the previous winter season, when service cuts reduced on-time performance, frustrated riders and likely lessened ridership numbers.

After routes were restored to normal this winter, ridership ended 10 percent higher than last year, while the on-time performance went from an average of 76 percent in the winter of 2014-15 to 86 percent this winter.

The increase in bus ridership came at a time when gas prices were significantly lower than previous winters.

"We were really successful this winter," Flint said.

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Flint attributed the strong results to the shift back to bus routes the city has run successfully for many years.

"These routes are more user friendly," Flint said.

The regional bus service that runs between Steamboat Springs and Craig carried 13,538 passengers this winter season.

Flint said the service also happened to carry exactly 13,538 passengers the previous winter.

Summer service begins

The city is now running its summer bus schedule, and one of the biggest shifts the bus service sees between winter and summer is earlier last calls for buses.

The last bus that heads from downtown to the mountain area leaves Seventh Street and Lincoln Avenue at 10:52 p.m.

The last bus that heads to the condominiums and hotels leaves the Gondola Transit Center at 10:58 p.m.

View the full schedule at steamboatsprings.net/transit or download the RouteShout App for Apple or Android devices.

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