Vail, ECO buses see ridership jump |

Vail, ECO buses see ridership jump

VAIL, Colorado ” To save money and gas, more people are hopping on Vail or county buses this season, Vail town officials said.

The Vail transit buses have seen a 6 percent increase in riders between November and January compared to last season. ECO Transit has seen an increase of 21 percent during this same period.

It seems that more people are parking in outlying free lots and taking advantage of the bus system, said Vail Transit and Parking Manager Mike Rose.

Vail’s bus system is considered to be the largest free public transportation system in the country. The fleet consists of 34 buses, eight of which are hybrids. The buses run eight routes throughout the town that include East Vail, West Vail, Lionsridge, Sandstone, Golf Course, Ford Park, and the in-town route running between Lionshead and Golden Peak.

Vail’s buses will go to the spring schedule on April 20 as the ski season comes to an end. The first full day of free parking in the Vail Village and Lionshead parking structures is also April 20.

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