Vail’s town bus schedule to change Oct. 9 in anticipation of new Interstate 70 underpass opening
VAIL — Town of Vail bus routes serving the West Vail area will return to their regular schedules beginning Monday, Oct. 9, in preparation for the Friday, Oct. 13, opening of the new Vail Interstate 70 Underpass following a public ribbon cutting ceremony.
The West Vail Green route will be reactivated with frequency every 40 minutes while the West Vail Red route also will return to its pre-construction frequency of every 40 minutes. The modified routes have been in place since July 5, 2016, to accommodate one-way detours on the frontage roads. During the winter season with the start of paid parking, a West Vail express bus will use the underpass for added efficiency.
The modified fall schedule will also continue service expansions on the East Vail, Golf Course and Sandstone routes following a successful summer pilot program that surpassed the town’s ridership goals. The fall schedule will run Oct. 9 through Dec. 10 as follows:
• West Vail Green loop will depart from the Vail Village Transportation Center every 40 minutes from 6 a.m. to midnight with an additional bus at 2 a.m. if requested.
• The West Vail Red loop will depart from the transportation center every 40 minutes from 6:20 a.m. to 12:20 a.m. with an additional bus at 2 a.m. if requested.
• An East Vail bus will depart from the transportation center hourly from 6 a.m. to 1 a.m. with 30-minute service from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. with an additional bus at 2 a.m. if requested.
• The Sandstone loop will depart from the transportation center every hour from 6:40 a.m. to 7:40 p.m. and every two hours after 7:40 p.m.
• The Golf Course route will depart from the transportation center hourly from 8:10 a.m. to 5:10 p.m. daily with 30-minute transition service in the morning and less than two-hour transition service in the evening. Two-hour service is provided after 6:40 p.m.
In town buses will run every 7 to 10 minutes.
• Lionsridge Loop and Ford Park routes will coincide with the start of paid parking and the opening of Vail Mountain’s 2017-2018 ski and snowboard season, which is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 17. For a complete bus schedule or for details about the Oct. 13 ribbon cutting ceremony, visit the town’s website at http://www.vailgov.com.
Vail Transit is operated by the town of Vail and is one of the largest free bus systems in the U.S., carrying more than 3.2 million passengers annually.
Under the best possible scenario, it will be several years before Interstate 70 is expanded through East Vail. But some residents are concerned now.