Funding Vail Valley bus system to be discussed |

Funding Vail Valley bus system to be discussed

Chris Outcalt
Vail Valley, CO Colorado

VAIL VALLEY, Colorado ” ECO Transit “-the Vail Valley’s bus system ” is sill trying to figure out what to do with its budget because of increased ridership and declining sales tax revenue.

The department decided to offer a reduced spring schedule this year for the first time in order to save money. The seven weeks of reduced service ” which includes 31 fewer trips per day than the typical summer schedule ” started this weekend and will save ECO Transit about $150,000, officials said.

The bus service typically transitions from the winter schedule to a summer schedule. Officials decided to make the move because of the sharp decline in county sales tax revenue, which accounts for 80 percent of the ECO Transit budget.

ECO board members will meet Wednesday to talk about other ideas to make the budget work for the next few years. A fare increase and other route cuts could be discussed, but likely won’t be decided on, officials said.

The board will hear a presentation from Gypsum Town Manager Jeff Shroll on the ECO budget Wednesday. Shroll worked with Vail Transportation Manager Mike Rose and Avon Town Manager Larry Brooks to come up some options the ECO board could implement to save money.

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“There are a bunch of different scenarios they will present,” said Kelley Collier, ECO’s assistant director.

In order to make their recommendations, the group assumed sales tax would be down 24 percent this year, remain flat next year and increase by 3 percent increase each year after that.

“I think the ECO board will come up with recommendations for the county commissioners,” Collier said.

The meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. at ECO’s Gypsum office at 3289 Cooley Mesa Road.

Staff Writer Chris Outcalt can be reached at 970-748-2931 or

To see ECO Transit’s smaller seven-week spring bus schedule, visit The reduced schedule will be in effect until the end of May.

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