Time change derails Halloween partiers, bus service
A perfect confluence of circumstances Saturday night allowed Halloween revelers in Aspen to party for an extra hour.
However, some of those who stayed out on the town until 2 a.m. — which was actually the old 3 a.m. — had issues finding a ride home because the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority considered it 3 a.m., and buses weren’t running anymore, said Assistant Aspen Police Chief Linda Consuegra.
Officers found a slightly riled crowd of close to 100 people at Rubey Park at the new 2 a.m. waiting for buses that weren’t coming, she said, and had to calm them down. Officers offered rides to some, then drove around to other bus stops in town letting people know the situation and giving them rides if needed, Consuegra said.
While it’s not unusual for some bars to take advantage of the annual fall-back time change and stay open an extra hour, it is unusual for the time change to fall on Halloween night when so many party-minded folks are in town, she said.
Daylight savings ended at 2 a.m. Sunday.
RFTA General Manager Dan Blankenship and Kent Blackmer, RFTA director of operations, hadn’t heard about the snafu Monday. Blackmer said city buses stopped running at 2 a.m., which immediately became 1 a.m., though dispatchers treated it as 2 a.m.
The last downvalley buses left Rubey Park at 1:15 a.m. (the old 2:15 a.m.), he said. Those five buses carried a total of 276 people, Blackmer said.
“It kind of gets to an interesting question of what is 2 o’clock,” Blackmer said.
Consuegra said no one suffered any injuries because of the lack of buses and police tried help everyone they could.
Besides the bus chaos, city officers wrote two tickets Halloween night for DUI and charged Daniel Collins, 30, of Aspen with possession of cocaine, according to Consuegra and police reports. They also charged one person with assault, though that report wasn’t available Monday.
Pitkin County sheriff’s deputies were not as busy, said Deputy Alex Burchetta, director operations. However, they did hand out one DUI to Deborah Guarino, 60, of Snowmass Village, according to reports.
Nearly three years after Aspen City Council cleared the founder of Jazz Aspen Snowmass to launch a jazz performance and education center downtown, Jim Horowitz said he expects the project will get rolling before the year is over.
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