RFTA approves contract with Skico for buses
The Aspen Times
Aspen CO Colorado
CARBONDALE – The Roaring Fork Transportation Authority’s board of directors approved a contract to provide bus service to Aspen Skiing Co.’s four ski areas for about $6.51 million over the next three ski seasons. Last-minute alterations could change the estimated dollar amount, according to RFTA Chief Executive Officer Dan Blankenship.
The service contract paid by Skico provides free service for skiers and riders traveling to Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk and Snowmass. The previous five-year contract expired in July. The new contract is for three years, at Skico’s request, but will be renewed for another three years automatically unless one of the parties objects.
Due to a miscommunication between Blankenship and a reporter, it was erroneously reported Thursday in The Aspen Times that Skico paid an annual average of $2.84 million under the prior, five-year contract. Blankenship clarified Thursday that Skico paid an annual average of $2.084 million.
Under the new contract, Skico will pay an average of $2.17 million annually.
RFTA’s board tweaked language in the contract, so it must go back to Skico for review before it becomes official.
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