Vail Daily letter: ECO falls short
Avon, CO Colorado
An effective public transport system is one that provides an efficient, economical and reliable means of getting people from one location to another. The merits of such a system are numerous and well documented, including improvements in air quality and reductions in traffic congestion, fuel dependency, carbon emissions and often drunk driving.
The Vail-Edwards ECO bus service falls short of providing an effective service on many levels. A journey that should take no more than 30 minutes can often take up to an hour, resulting in a bus that is frequently delayed and a timetable that is simply aspirational. The stops at Miller Ranch, Elk Lot, Minturn Forest Service, Cascade Village and even Lionshead are overly time consuming, forcing the bus to leave the main road and turn before continuing on its journey. Providing bus stops adjacent to the highway on both sides and walking paths to allow potential passengers access to bus stops safely would not be overly onerous and would go a long way to reducing the length of the journey and increasing its safety.
I urge the transportation department of Eagle County to deliver a service that not only better serves those of us without cars, but offers an attractive alternative to those with cars.
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