Town’s Free Shuttles Saw Another Increase In Riders This Year
The Town of Estes Park continues to adjust its Free Shuttles program to meet the needs of Estes Park residents and guests during the busy summer season. This year, more than 58,800 people rode the Town’s Free Shuttles, a 3.5 percent increase over 2011, which was a record year as well. Each year, more local workers utilize the free shuttles to get to and from work, reducing the amount of cars on the road and freeing up valuable parking spaces.
This year marked the seventh year of service, with shuttles operating the weekends of June 15-17 and June 22-24, as well as daily from June 29 through September 9. Four shuttles transported passengers to more than 50 stops on four routes throughout downtown and the Estes Valley. Enhancements to the shuttles this year included extended service hours, six additional service days, and new stops chosen to help local residents and guests gain easier access to the free transportation. The addition of a Real-Time Passenger Information Service allowed riders to see the shuttle’s estimated times of arrival at each stop. And, new this year, a Shuttle Coordinator at the Estes Park Visitor Center facilitated the program.
In order to evaluate and improve upon the system, in 2011 the Town gathered a group of Trustees, employees, volunteers, citizens, and representatives from local businesses, Rocky Mountain National Park, and the contracted shuttle company to form the Shuttle Committee. This committee provided guidance for 2012 service levels and operations. The committee recently reviewed data and comments from this past season in order to formulate recommendations for next year’s services. These recommendations will first be reviewed by the Town Board at the Oct. 19 budget study session, which begins at 8 a.m. in the Town Board Room of Town Hall, 170 MacGregor Ave.
Partnerships with the Estes Area Lodging Association and Visit Estes Park allowed for extensive promotion of the shuttles to local businesses, guests and potential visitors. The Town, the National Park Service, the Federal Highway Administration (FHA) and the Colorado Department of Transportation continued a program to provide shuttle and transit information through highway message signs and radio along U.S. 36. FHA also assisted the Town in developing a new shuttle map.
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