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Alternative Transportation Case Study: The Maroon Bells of Colorado. Maroon Bells Shuttle Service. Established in 1979, partnership with the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA) and the USDA Forest Service. Maroon Bells Shuttle Service.

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Alternative Transportation Case Study: The Maroon Bells of Colorado


Maroon Bells Shuttle Service

  • Established in 1979, partnership with the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA) and the USDA Forest Service


Maroon Bells Shuttle Service

  • Provides public transportation to the Colorado scenic landmark of Maroon Bells from the City of Aspen


Needs and Benefits

  • Over 250,000 visitors in a limited 5 month summer/fall season that eliminates tremendous volumes of vehicular traffic during peak hours of operations


Needs and Benefits

  • Provides improved environmental concerns of air, water and wildlife quality issues

  • Greatly reduces vehicle conflicts with recreational users (i.e. bicycle, roller blading, in-line skiing,)


Infrastructure Improvements

  • Construction of new visitor contact station, bus shelter, and restroom facilities


Infrastructure Improvements

  • Resurfacing of existing 7 mile road and new entrance station


Infrastructure Improvements

  • Construction of an interpretive wilderness trailhead and amphitheater


Infrastructure Improvements

  • Interpretive transit station, partnership with local elementary school art department, interpretive association, ski company, RFTA and USFS


Alternative Transportation in Parks and Public Lands Program

  • Federal funding through SAFETEA-LU assist with infrastructure and system improvements.

  • Available to federal, state and local land management agencies (i.e. NPS, USFS, BLM, USFWS, DOT)

  • Grants and agreement categories are evaluated in two areas:

    • Planning

    • Implementation


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