Winter Park transit update
September 20, 2016
At their September 20 meeting the Winter Park Town Council viewed a presentation from Studio Six, a graphic design company from Longmont, on potential transit system graphics for the bus fleet.
The presentation included several possible designs for bus graphics and possibilities for the signage that will be present at each bus stop. Studio Six presented the idea of vinyl bus wraps to display graphics for the busses that are unique to Grand County. One idea for the bus graphics is a design that shows a pattern of different colors representing each season as an attempt to show that one goal of Grand County is to have a better year-round economy and recruit more year-round residents.
The transit system's busses will be equipped with Ridehop—a ground transportation tracking system so transit riders will know the location of the public transportation vehicles. Users download an app that allows them to see where their bus is so they can take another quick ski lap or have a quick beer without having to wait outside and wonder where the bus is, or if they missed it.
The new graphics and tracking system are steps towards Grand County's goal of a reliable full-time transit system.
So far, Winter Park has hired a full-time Transit Manager, acquired 10 transit coaches from RTD Denver, five 30-foot busses from Steamboat Springs and received an $800,000 grant from CDOT for two new full-sized transit coaches and one smaller bus that are expected to be delivered in 2018.