Buses resume operation in Aspen | AspenTimes.com

Buses resume operation in Aspen

Janet Urquhart
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado
Paul Conrad The Aspen Times
Paul Conrad | The Aspen Times

ASPEN ” Buses are back in operation in Aspen after the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority briefly suspended service Friday morning because city streets were too slick to negotiate.

RFTA ceased all of its in-town and skier shuttle routes at about 11 a.m., but began putting buses back into service on the routes about a half-hour later, according to Stan Redfern, RFTA transportation supervisor.

Buses in Aspen were moving, albeit slowly, after resuming service, he said.

“It’s an absolute and utter mess, is all I can say,” Redfern said.

Both city street crews and RFTA crews were sanding slick areas, but wet snow continued to fall in Aspen into early afternoon. With temperatures hovering near the freezing mark, heavy snow Thursday night and Friday morning glued itself to the pavement, creating a treacherous surface for both vehicles and pedestrians.

While RFTA bus drivers struggled to gain traction all over town ” five were reported stuck at the Rubey Park bus station at one point ” police have been responding to minor accidents and vehicles blocking traffic throughout the day.

Snowmass Village streets remained in fairly good shape on Friday, Redfern said. RFTA has been forced to halt city buses before, but not for a number of years, he said.

Valley bus operations on the Highway 82 corridor were not affected by the shutdown.