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Avon council debates transit service

AVON, Colorado – In the wake of a failed sale tax increase proposal, town officials are looking at ways to re-arrange bus service, for both residents and guests.

With the start of ski season just two weeks away, Avon Town Council members Tuesday gave staff members the authority to hammer out a deal with the Beaver Creek Resort Co. for service from town to the resort over the coming ski season.

The hard part will be doing that job without dipping into town reserves unless it’s absolutely necessary.

Town public works director Jenny Strehler on Tuesday showed council members three options for bus service in the coming year.

The one that seemed to resonate with council members was a plan to combine a couple of routes, with skier shuttles going from Avon Station to Beaver Creek Village in the mornings and afternoons.

Public works director Jenny Strehler said the new route’s advantages would be the ability to get guests up to the mountain without having to change buses. The downside, she said, is less frequent service.

Strehler estimated that option would cost about another $13,000 over the money currently budgeted for transit service – about $960,000. In order to get a deal done, though, the council gave council member Todd Goulding and town manager Larry Brooks the authority to spend $75,000 above that amount on an agreement with the resort company.

But, council members said, that money would have to be found without dipping into reserves if at all possible.

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