History: Snowmass connection
On Oct. 30, 1975, The Aspen Times reported that “Snowmass has $60,000 for light rail” going on to mention “the board of governors of the Snowmass Resort Association decided this week to commit $60,000 to the proposed light rail system. That contribution would hinge, however, on two conditions: 1.) That Snowmass be allowed additional growth, and 2.) That the rail system take a ‘highline’ route, serving West Village. (An alternate lowline route system would serve basically the skiers, the Association feels). Pitkin County commissioners had hoped to get $200,000 from Snowmass to add to contributions from Aspen Highlands, the Aspen Skiing Corp., the city and the county…..the county faces competition for the used railroad cars that it has been considering in Hagen, Germany. The city of Alexandria, Egypt, is also interested.”
Instead, a mass transit system via bus (RFTA) is what connects the local towns and valley today. This image of the Snowmass bus was taken at Rubey Park station in Aspen in the mid-1970s.
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