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Aspen’s Galena shuttle done until Thanksgiving

Andre Salvail
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN – Starting Monday, the free Galena Street Shuttle public-transit service will be shut down for nearly eight months, Aspen Transportation Director John Krueger said Wednesday.

Regular users of the service who rely on the route to get from the Hunter Creek area to downtown Aspen for work or shopping will need to make other arrangements. There’s always the Hunter Creek bus route, which takes a few minutes longer to get to the commercial core. Compared with the spring and fall offseasons last year, service will be starting about 30 minutes earlier than usual, at 7 a.m., from Monday to Saturday.

The Hunter Creek bus will end operations at midnight on those days, but High Mountain Taxi will provide free late-night service from the Rubey Park downtown transit station to any city bus stop on Fridays and Saturdays during the spring offseason, Monday through June 17. Taxis will leave the station at 12:30 a.m., 1 a.m., 1:30 a.m. and 2 a.m.

That the Galena shuttle won’t be operating this summer is not a new development. Due to the recession and shrinking revenues from a variety of dedicated taxes to the transportation program, the city was forced to cut the Galena shuttle service in summer 2010 as well, Krueger said.

Ridership typically is lower on the Galena route than other city routes the city pays the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority to operate, he added.

The city of Aspen’s transportation department on Wednesday released a list of bus and shuttle schedules that apply to the spring offseason:

• From Monday to Saturday, the Castle Maroon, Cemetery Lane, Hunter Creek and Mountain Valley buses will operate for 17 hours, from 7 a.m. to midnight. This provides service 30 minutes earlier in the mornings over spring and fall 2010. On Sundays, those same routes will be served from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

• The Burlingame/Highway 82 bus route will operate seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

• As with the Galena shuttle, there will be no Crosstown shuttle during the spring offseason. However, the Crosstown bus will crank back up in mid-June for the summer season.

• Some extended service to Aspen Highlands will be available for those enjoying its longer season. More information is available by calling 925-8484.

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