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Snowmass History: The train that never came

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Image of a shuttle that served Woody Creek, El Jebel, Snowmass, and Aspen in 1977 taken by Chris Cassatt.
Aspen Historical Society/Cassatt Collection

The Aspen Times on March 23, 1972, summarized a report submitted about transportation with a headline of “Shuttle bus now, train in 77.” It went on to say, “An Aspen shuttle system in 1972, bus transit between Aspen and the Airport in 1973 and an inter-area rail transit system by 1977 were included in the summary of transportation recommendations received by Aspen area planning officials this week. …

“Four systems were compared using the 10 criteria and scores were given to each of the four systems based on different factor weights for each of the 10. Systems compared were busway, conventional or modified rail, guideway systems, and aerial cable systems.”

Staging of the recommended system began with immediate action in 1972 with a town shuttle system and express ski buses to each ski area, construction of a central transit center in the next three years, and paving right of ways between Aspen and Snowmass via Owl Creek Road — then, by 1977, building an intercept lot for major parking (at least 1,000 cars) at transit center with construction of railroad line on the roadbed linking transportation center to Snowmass and Aspen.


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