Adjustments to Vail Transit operations to accommodate the state’s reduced capacity protocols will mean the possibility of delays and other challenges for passengers this winter as the town prepares to redirect its resources on a daily basis to provide the highest service delivery possible.
To coincide with the opening of Vail Mountain for the 2020-2021 season on Friday, Nov. 20 and the start of paid parking in the Vail Village and Lionshead parking structures, Vail Transit will increase service during the morning and afternoon peak periods according to the Early Winter schedule which can be found at www.vailgov.com/bus-schedules. However, due to capacity limitations, passengers should expect the following:
- Delays will occur when buses fill to capacity along the routes. Extra buses will be in service to the extent possible; however, passengers could be left waiting when a bus has reached capacity. Please plan ahead for this circumstance.
- Service on the in-town route connecting Golden Peak, Vail Village and Lionshead will vary from 15 to 30 minutes due to the possibility of reassigned resources. As a result of these varying schedules, the digital NextBus arrival time displays will be inoperable for the in-town route. Passengers should consider walking to their village-to-village destination as an option.
- Riders are asked to consider scheduling their non-essential travel during less busy times and to plan for additional travel time during morning and afternoon heavy travel periods, 8 to 10 a.m. and 3 to 5 p.m.
In addition, the following safety protocols are in place:
- Facemasks are required to be worn all times by passengers (age 3 and older) and drivers; remember to cover your nose and mouth.
- Complimentary face coverings are available on the bus to ensure compliance.
- Face coverings are required to be worn at all transit stops when others are present as well as in the newly designated mask mandate zone. Visit www.vailgov.com/maskon for details.
- Passengers are asked to be respectful of others by creating physical separation between non-related parties to the extent possible.
- Vail has pioneered use of a microbial reduction system on all buses. The continuous, chemical-free system complements the town’s additional cleaning protocols and works best when the windows are closed.
Vail Transit will transition to the full winter schedule on Dec. 14. For more information, call 970-479-2178 or visit www.vailgov.com/transportation-services.
ECO Transit is operating with similar safety protocols and capacity requirements. Additional information is available at https://www.eaglecounty.us/Transit/Schedules/.