New buses still looking for building

At 5:23 a.m. each morning, riders load onto the first bus bound to Steamboat Springs from Craig.

Those riders will soon be taking a greatly improved ride as Steamboat Springs Transit introduces four new buses into the system.

At Tuesday night's Craig City Council meeting, councilors were given the opportunity to climb aboard one of the new vehicles. They also received a presentation from George Krawzoff of Steamboat Springs Transit.

"The old Bluebird buses were a medium-duty bus that was a cold ride down the highway," Krawzoff said. "The new bus is a heavy-duty bus with a 20-year lifespan that carries 57 people."

The four buses were purchased at a cost of $1.6 million, and they will be making the route between Craig to Steamboat Springs three times each morning, returning to Craig at three departure times each evening.

An increase in fares between the two Yampa Valley towns also is, in effect, the first bump in prices in 20 years, Krawzoff said.

One-way cash rides will cost riders $5, with the best option being punch-cards that lower the cost to $3.50 each trip.

Twelve stops in Craig allow riders to board from all corners of town, with the first load departing from the north Kum & Go at 5:23 a.m. and the last bus leaving at 7:50 a.m. from the east Kum & Go location.

Buses make the return trip to Craig from Steamboat Springs with departures between 4:25 and 7:54 p.m.

The Transit Authority still is in negotiations with Moffat County for the purchase of the old county shop next to the east Kum & Go to be used as a Park-and-Ride facility.

"We have $1.4 million in grants and other funds for the Park-and-Ride facility," Krawzoff said. "We must build in 2007 or we will lose that money."

Ongoing negotiations between the transit-company and Moffat County are currently stalled while legal questions about possible ground contamination at the old county shop facility are worked out.

Council also:

  • Approved a special events permit for VFW Post 4265 for the annual National Wild Turkey Federation banquet on Feb. 17
  • Received an update report from the GRAMNET Task Force
  • Adopted a resolution declaring the City Hall bulletin board the public place for posting legal meeting notices
  • Adopted a resolution declaring the Craig Daily Press the official newspaper of the city of Craig
  • Approved a deed from the city to Patricia Turner for an easement to accommodate property overflowed by the Elkhead Reservoir expansion

Dan Olsen can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 207, or dolsen@craigdailypress.com.

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