MONTROSE – Montrose city staff are preparing to go before councils in Telluride and Mountain Village with a proposal to provide the region with a dependable, reliable and cost-effective public transit system to better connect residents with services, shopping recreation and tourism amenities.
The region’s esidents will be asked to complete a Transit Study Survey at www.cityofmontrose.org to help staff determine what the needs are, and what the possible usage levels would be, for the service.
A proposal will likely be presented in May for review. The City of Montrose is also working with San Miguel County to see if the new regional transit service could team up with the existing Galloping Goose bus service.
The service is seen as a way to help economic development, tourism and help the local workforce. “There was unanimous consent by the attending members of the three local governments to explore how such a system could be implemented,” according to the City of Montrose website.
Assistant City Manager Rob Joseph said Tuesday the key would be to coordinate with other communities so that someone visiting from Telluride could arrive in Montrose and use the city bus service to go shopping or keep medical appointments.
“We’re looking for ways to tie our communities together,” Joseph said. “A transit service bleeds into tourism,” and offers a much-needed way “to connect Telluride with the Black Canyon.
Joseph said people from Montrose could go and have a fun day in Telluride, and not have to worry about driving home.
“We think that if we can provide a singular route that is supported by the governments that is reliable and affordable, we can increase quality of life by generating more easier access to various services, and recreational opportunities,” Joseph said.
Details about funding and operating the service are not yet ready for public inspection. Surveys must be delivered to city officials by the end of March.
The survey can be filled out at Montrose City Hall Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-6 p.m.; it takes between 5-8 minutes to complete.