Summer bus service ramps up in Aspen, the valley
June 17, 2010
ASPEN – Bus service in Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley will begin ramping up Saturday for the summer season.
The Roaring Fork Transportation Authority will resume its Woody Creek shuttle service on Saturday and valleywide service, curtailed for the spring offseason, returns to high gear. That means the last bus leaving Aspen, heading downvalley, departs at 2:15 a.m. daily, and there will be service every 30 minutes instead of once an hour on weekends. Passengers pay a fare for valley service.
In the city of Aspen, the free Cross Town Shuttle resumes service Saturday after an offseason hiatus, but its hours of operation have been reduced from its past schedule. It will run from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on a route extending from the Aspen Club and Spa on the east side to Harris Concert Hall and the Music Tent on the west side.
The Galena Street Shuttle will not be back this summer, due to budget cuts.
Also eliminated is the Highlands direct route, but service to Aspen Highlands and other points along Maroon Creek Road is available every 20 minutes on the Castle/Maroon Bus.
Late-night service on free city routes also resumes Saturday. The Hunter Creek, Cemetery Lane and Castle/Maroon buses will run daily until 2 a.m., while the Mountain Valley Dial-A-Ride route will operate until 1:45 a.m. daily.
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Bus service to the Maroon Bells begins for the summer on Saturday. The bus departs from Aspen Highlands; tickets are available at Rubey Park in downtown Aspen, at the Aspen Mountain gondola booth and at Four Mountain Sports at Highlands. Visitors to the Bells must take the bus when it’s operating; vehicles are stopped at the entrance station. A ticket is $6 for adults ($4 for youths and seniors), but the price is $3 on Wednesdays.
Regular Music School bus service begins June 29; there will be bus service to the Music Tent before and after performances.
Also this summer, service between Aspen and Snowmass Village remains free.
This summer, the Bike Express bus will run on weekends only, starting Saturday.
Go to http://www.rfta.com for more information, or stop at Rubey Park for printed bus schedules.