Bus fares get public hearing in Eagle County
Eagle County, CO Colorado
EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado- The Board of Commissioners will review a proposal to increase ECO Transit fares and reduce service on some routes at 10 a.m. Tuesday.
The ECO Transit budget has been hit hard by a drop in county sales tax revenue. Eighty percent of the department’s budget is based on sales tax. ECO is considering a variety of fare increases and service reductions to make up for the lost revenue.
The proposals are:
• Regular route fares will remain at $3 one way.
• Regular route unlimited ride passes will be discontinued. A per-ride pass will take its places. A 10-ride pass will cost $28 and a 20-ride pass will cost $50.
• Premium routes (the Leadville route) will increase from $5 one way to $8 one way.
• Premium route unlimited passes will be discontinued. A per-ride pass will take its place. A 10-ride pass would cost $78 and a 20-ride pass would cost $150.
• Free fares for youth and senior riders will be discontinued. A $25 annual pass or $1 one-way fares for youth and senior riders will be offered with proof of age and Eagle County residency.
• The Vail to Beaver Creek express route (winter only) will be eliminated.
• Some service reductions on the Leadville, Minturn, Dotsero and Highway 6 routes.
Public input will be encouraged during the Tuesday meeting. Comments may also be submitted in advance by using comment cards available in ECO buses or at the Vail Transportation Center. Comments can also be submitted by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 328-3531.
With the upcoming July 12 grand opening of the new Everkrisp trail from Minturn to Eagle-Vail, Whiskey Creek trail will reopen to mountain bikes.