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Bus fares will go up Aug. 30 in Vail Valley

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL VALLEY, Colorado – Eagle County’s ECO Transit bus system is getting ready for changes in fares and schedules in Colorado’s Vail Valley coming Aug. 30.

The changes will include increases to daily cash fares and monthly passes, new youth and senior fares, and cutting service on some routes. The changes come as the transit system faces large revenue shortfalls because of both declining sales tax and fewer riders. ECO Transit is 80 percent funded by a dedicated sales tax, and county sales tax collections are down approximately 21 percent so far this year.

The new fares are:

• Local routes:

$4 cash fare.

$8 for a one-day pass.

$100 for a 30-day pass.

• Premium routes:

$7 cash fare.

$14 for a one-day pass.

$200 for a 30-day pass.

New youth and senior fares are $1 per ride or $25 for an annual pass. Those rates apply to riders age 18 and under or 60 and older. Riders younger than 5 ride for free. Those under age five will continue to ride for free. Passes are available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Eagle County Maintenance Service Center in Gypsum and from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week at the Vail Transportation Center.

An ECO Transit representative will be available at the following dates, times and locations to help riders get youth and senior passes:

• Aug. 17, 4 to 7 p.m., Eagle County Maintenance Service Center, Gypsum.

• Aug. 18, 4:30 to 7 p.m., Avon Library.

• Aug. 19, 5 to 7 p.m., Vail Transportation Center.

• Aug. 20, 4 to 7 p .m., Colorado Mountain College, Edwards.

• Aug. 24, 4 to 7 p.m., Eagle County Maintenance Service Center.

• Aug. 26, 4 to 7 p.m., Eagle Library.

• Aug. 27, 4:30 to 7 p.m., Avon Library.

Riders will be required to fill out an application and provide proof of age and proof of Eagle County residency.

Current senior passes are valid until the expiration date printed on the pass.

Besides the fare increases, service reductions taking effect Aug. 30 include:

• Reduced service on Highway 6 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

• Reduced service to Minturn.

• Elimination of service to Dotsero.

• The last bus of the day will leave Vail at midnight.

The schedule is available at http://www.eaglecounty.us/eco_transit, on all ECO buses, at the Vail Transportation Center and at the Eagle County Maintenance Service Center in Gypsum, or call 970-328-3531.


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