X Games shatters bus ridership records | AspenTimes.com

X Games shatters bus ridership records

ASPEN Bus ridership during the X Games shattered last year’s record, even though the event was a day shorter in 2007, a Roaring Fork Transportation Authority official said Thursday.RFTA hauled 134,715 passengers on its buses between Thursday and Sunday, Jan. 25-28, according to John Hocker, co-director of operations. That was an increase of 4 percent over the 129,470 passengers last year, when the event spanned five days.Saturday was the biggest day of attendance at the X Games. RFTA hauled 46,095 passengers that day, compared to 40,538 riders on the Saturday of the event in 2006. All 84 of RFTA’s buses were pressed into service, along with 14 from Vail and Rocky Mountain National Park, and an unspecified number from Snowmass Village.Hocker said the park-and-ride at Brush Creek and Highway 82 filled up with vehicles by about 11 a.m. on weekends. While some observers criticized officials for not opening the Cozy Point meadow for parking as well, staging buses there in the past was a nightmare for RFTA because of mud and traffic challenges.Hocker said the parking lot at Glenwood Meadows in Glenwood Springs was popular with X Games spectators this year. Spectators flocked to affordable lodging downvalley. Buses were consistently loading 75 to 100 people at Target for the trip upvalley, he said.RFTA’s service department cleaned and fueled vehicles 650 times in four days. Buses guzzled 22,000 gallons of fuel during the event. Keeping the fleet shipshape was a nasty job, according to Kenny Osier, RFTA’s director of maintenance.”As expected, our service workers also cleaned up numerous ‘Hot Lunch Specials’ and other unmentionable messes that went far beyond the call of duty,” Osier said in a memo.

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