Council clears the road for bus facility


City Council actions

In other action, the Craig City Council:

• Approved a renewal for a 3.2 percent beer retail license for Pizza Hut, 1070 W. Victory Way.

• Accepted a $3,000 check from Jim McNicol, representing TriState Generation and Transmission, as a donation for Craig's 100th Birthday Celebration.

• Passed a resolution to adopt the Colorado Department of Revenue Liquor Enforcement Division fees schedule, as it was amended on Aug. 7, to raise the price of liquor licenses.

• Approved a contract renewal for municipal judge Kevin Peck. Councilors spoke on Peck's behalf.

"He does a very professional job," Councilor Byron Willems said. "I like the way we deal with first-time offenders. If they stay out of trouble, it goes away. If they don't, then it doesn't."

— The Craig City Council addressed a municipal infrastructure question and approved a site plan for a Steamboat Springs Transit regional facility at 616 E. Victory Way during its meeting Tuesday.

The Craig Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously approved the plans Sept. 17, and recommended the City Council do the same.

The facility would serve buses traveling between Craig and Steamboat Springs, with stops in Hayden and Milner, Operations Manager Jonathan Flint said.

The bus service currently has a route through Craig, but this new building will offer an indoor waiting area and a parking lot, so people can drive there and leave their cars if they plan on being out of town for an extended time, Flint said.

"That's going to add a lot to the city of Craig," Councilor Ray Beck said. "That's going to be huge."

With this facility, SST is on its way to better serving the Yampa Valley population, said Flint, who thanked the council for its cooperation.

"It's a very ambitious project," he added. "On a state-wide level, the discussion of regional transportation, which Greyhound abandoned some years ago, is a growing one and an important one."

SST first began its regional services around 1989, Flint said. Since then, there have been numerous factors hindering expansion, including site selection and financial concerns.

Greyhound Lines, the largest North American intercity bus company, closed its line from Denver to Salt Lake City about three or four years ago, Flint said.

The SST regional facility in Craig will be modeled after its Stockbridge Center in Steamboat Springs, which houses and serves as a hub for several transportation entities, such as taxi and bus companies.

The Craig facility is being built with the intention of accommodating a large bus service in the future, if the idea of one generates interest.

"The thought with this going in is, even though there is no Greyhound service, and our route is just (Craig) to Steamboat, what's being built could overnight be turned into a ticket office," Flint said.


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