Vail takes New Year’s Eve precautions
December 29, 2008
VAIL, Colo. ” On New Year’s Eve, as safety measures, the town of Vail will enforce a town-wide curfew for minors and stop bus service during certain hours.
The curfew will be enacted from 10:30 p.m. on Dec. 31 to 5 a.m. Jan. 1 for those 17 and under unless accompanied by a parent or guardian or returning from work or an event. During the same time, Vail Village will only be accessible to adults 21 or older, or youths accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Also, both Vail Transit and ECO Regional Transit buses will not run in Vail between 10:30 p.m. and midnight on New Year’s Eve. The suspension of bus service will occur to reduce last-minute crowding and to allow for effective service for those returning home.
“It’s just crowd control, and it’s worked very well,” said Greg Hall, Vail’s director of public works. “People just need to know that if you’re going to the village, get there before 10:30 p.m.”
Free outbound bus service will resume at midnight and run until 2:30 a.m. In addition, Vail will provide limited in-town shuttle service every 15 minutes between the Vail Village and Lionshead parking structures from 10:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. Regular service will resume at 6:30 a.m. New Year’s Day.
The town of Vail first implemented the public safety measures during the 2001 Fourth of July and New Year’s Eve holidays to reduce crowding and underage drinking in Vail Village. In addition to the annual measures, the Gore Range DUI Task Force will be patrolling in the Vail area on New Year’s Eve.
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Those who plan to consume alcohol are encouraged to plan ahead and take the bus, or arrange for a designated driver or an alternative ride home. For exceptional circumstances, vehicles may be left overnight in the parking structures, compliments of the Town of Vail. Vehicles must be retrieved by 11 a.m. the next day by using an overnight parking authorization receipt available from the Visitor Information Centers, which open at 9 a.m.