Winter Routes Shift Steamboat Springs Transit Into High Gear12/02/2020 11:55AM ● By City of Steamboat Springs
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, COLORADO- With half a foot of fresh snow overnight and lifts turning at both ski areas, Steamboat Springs Transit (SST) shifts into winter gear for the free local winter bus on Sunday, December 6, 2020 and continuing through Sunday, April 11, 2021.
“The pandemic has presented a real operational challenge but through the hard work and dedication of SST staff along with the cooperation of our customers, an essential transportation link that so many rely on has never stopped serving the community,” said Transit Manager Jonathan Flint. “While changes have been made for the winter, SST will do everything within our power to get you to your destination safely.”
Again this season, SST pairs the Red Line (West Steamboat, downtown, grocery stores and gondola base) with the Green Line (condominiums) and the Blue Line (also serving West Steamboat, downtown, grocery stores and gondola base) with the Orange Line (The Ponds, condominiums and hotels).The Yellow Line operates on-call service to Colorado Mountain College, Hilltop as well as Old Town, the high school, Howelsen Hill and Fairview. The Purple Line runs continuous loop service to the northern condominiums, Yampa Valley Medical Center, Central Park Plaza and the gondola base.
Service on the Red Line has been modified to start a couple of hours later before taking a two- and half- hour break in the middle of the day. The Blue Line provides coverage during this service break. The Green Line starts at the same time as last year with the first stop at the Highmark at 5:54am before departing the GTC at 6:10am. The Red, Blue, Green and Orange Lines will all transition to the Night Line one hour earlier this winter. The Yellow Line remains on-call for all stops between 7am and 6:20pm. The Purple Line sees no changes, operating again between 8:15am and 6:04pm.
Night Line service reaches West Steamboat, downtown, grocery stores, gondola base, Ski Times Square, condominiums, The Ponds and hotels. This winter, the will start one hour earlier and cease service three hours earlier than last year. SST’s service between Steamboat Springs and Craig makes traveling between these communities convenient, affordable and comfortable with three daily departures in each direction as well as reverse direction service. SST’s regional rates remain the same as last year.
At this time COVID-19 restrictions have limited capacity to 15 passengers on local buses, 29 on regional buses and one household on the AccessTheBoat paratransit van. Face coverings must always be worn, and physical distancing procedures are in place. The Blue Line faced elimination; however, a new fall partnership between the Steamboat Ski Resort and city ensured this route remained in service.
All buses undergo electrostatic disinfecting daily on top of sanitizing high touch areas after every loop. This revolutionary technology, releases electrostatic ally charged droplets which create an electric field adhering to surfaces. Staff undergo daily screenings and follow the six commitments to containment.
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