SNOWMASS VILLAGE - Construction on the new bus station at the Brush Creek Park-and-Ride is nearing completion, with the structural work scheduled to wrap up in October.
While there are still some technical upgrades to make, riders will be catching the bus from the new structure by Nov. 17, if not sooner.
The station is part of the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority's new VelociRFTA bus rapid transit service, which is supposed to make riding the bus up and down the valley faster, more reliable and more comfortable, according to the project's website. When the improvements are completed in fall 2013, riders will have a smooth connection to the rapid transit service at the Brush Creek Park-and-Ride and "a nice station to wait at," according to project director Mike Hermes.
RFTA still needs to purchase new buses and make some technical upgrades over the next year to complete the VelociRFTA project. At the Brush Creek bus shelter that includes installing ticket vending machines and "Next Bus," an electronic system that will notify riders when the next bus will arrive.
But for this winter, passengers will be waiting in the new structures at the Brush Creek station as well as four other sites that RFTA began work on this construction season.
"The stations are a lot more enclosed and accommodate more people," Hermes said. "They're long enough to accommodate 10 buses - five on each side. They have nice benches and a lot of glass. ... These are very unique, designed to catch your eye and be attractive."
Currently, passengers getting the bus at Brush Creek are waiting at the old structures, which were moved toward the back of the parking lot during construction. Buses are scheduled to begin stopping at the new stations on Nov. 17, although Hermes said RFTA could make that change sooner.