Aspen trims summer bus service |

Aspen trims summer bus service

Carolyn SackariasonThe Aspen TimesAspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN – Aspen bus routes will be fewer and farther between this spring and summer, with service being cut back either slightly or eliminated.The Galena Street shuttle will cease operation April 12 and won’t return until Thanksgiving weekend, which is the opening of the 2010-11 ski season. The move will save the city of Aspen $108,900, said Lynn Rumbaugh, who works in the transportation department.Another significant cutback is reduced hours for the Crosstown shuttle, which runs from the Music Tent, up Monarch Street to Rubey Park, and to the Aspen Club. During offseason, the shuttle will be discontinued. This year, the traditional free taxi service has been eliminated, saving $5,000, Rumbaugh said.The Crosstown shuttle will resume operations from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. beginning in mid-June.Regular service on the rest of the city routes for the summer will start two weeks later than usual, commencing June 19, the weekend of the Aspen Food & Wine Classic. That will save $65,700.In 2009, winter season started two weeks later than normal, saving the city $65,550.Eliminated service on all routes before 7:30 a.m. during the spring and fall will save $50,800.The Burlingame bus will run once an hour between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m., and then 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. year-round, saving $107,400.Eliminating 20 percent of the Aspen Music Festival service will save $50,000. With all of the cuts combined, the city is saving $466,750 for 2010.Rumbaugh cited under-performing sales, lodging and use tax revenue as the reason for the cuts.Here is a rundown of the offseason schedule, which begins April 12 and runs to June 18:The Castle Maroon, Cemetery Lane, Hunter Creek and Mountain Valley routes will operate on reduced schedules this spring.• Monday through Saturday, Cemetery Lane and Mountain Valley will operate from 7:30 a.m. to midnight.• The first Castle-Maroon bus will depart Aspen Highlands Village at 7:20 a.m., with the first departure from Rubey Park at 7:40 a.m.• The first Hunter Creek bus will depart Hunter Creek at 7:25 a.m., with the first departure from Rubey Park at 7:40 a.m.• On Sundays, the Castle-Maroon, Cemetery Lane, Hunter Creek and Mountain Valley routes will operate from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.• The Highlands shuttle ended for the season on April 4. Aspen Highlands continues to be served every 20 minutes by the Castle-Maroon route. • High Mountain Taxi will provide free late-night service from Rubey Park to any city of Aspen bus stop on Fridays and Saturdays during the spring season. Service will be available at 12:30 a.m., 1 a.m., 1:30 a.m. and 2 a.m. • Parking downtown is free on Saturdays beginning April 17. Paid parking downtown will be enforced Monday through Friday. Sundays are always

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