Vail’s Lionshead may get new bus station
VAIL, Colorado – Vail is considering options for buses in Lionshead that could include a transportation center that’s similar to what is now in Vail Village.
Under one of the more expensive scenarios, Vail would build 12 bus lanes and an information/transit center building on the top deck of the Lionshead parking structure. That would cost up to $20 million.
More buses will be needed to transport people to and from Vail over the next 20 years, town officials say. That includes ECO buses and town of Vail buses.
Ten different scenarios have been developed by a consultant, 4240 Architecture. Some address short-term problems by reconfiguring skier dropoff locations and improving pedestrian walkways. Those improvements would cost about $3 million to $4 million.
Larger-scale projects would qualify for federal and state funding. Greg Hall, director of public works, said the town is hoping to get about $5 million in funds for Lionshead transit projects. Additional tax increment financing could also be available, Hall said.
Those larger-scale projects could include a new bus station on East Lionshead Circle, more bus lanes on the South Frontage Road and at East Lionshead Circle, a new roundabout on the South Frontage Road, and a pedestrian overpass from the Lionshead garage to the Lionshead Village. The top-deck transportation center is also an option.
The Town Council will consider the scenarios at its meeting Tuesday.
Staff Writer Edward Stoner can be reached at 970-748-2929 or firstname.lastname@example.org.