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Snowmass history: In transit

Council considered Daly Lane transit plaza in 1986

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Skiers walk by the original bus drop-off location on Carriage Way in the early 1970s, before the Daly Lane transit plaza was established.
John Smith/Aspen Historical Society courtesy photo

“Daly Lane considered as plaza site,” The Aspen Times reported in 1986. “The viability of an area below the main Snowmass Mall to be considered as the new transit plaza site, became more attractive to members of the Town Council. … A cost analysis of the ‘Daly Lane Alternation’ was presented Monday to the council by Transportation Department Director George Krawzoff.

“The proposed transportation depot would be located across from the currently operating bus drop-off point, now used by Roaring Fork Transit Authority (RFTA) buses and skier buses in season,” according to the article. “The transit plaza is intended to improve the flow of traffic and pedestrians in the Snowmass Mall area. … Bill Burwell of Snowmass Village Property Management asked the council to consider the impact the new plaza would have upon the mall businesses, because bus-riding visitors would not be required to traverse the mall to reach the ski slopes. Another drawback is that the new site may not be a good interface with the Aerobus transit system that’s being considered by Pitkin County. One of the other major negatives of the Daly Lane Alternative is that it would wipe out The Ballet West site.”


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