Boulder County recently asked residents, commuters, and recreational users of its mountain towns to provide thoughts on potential mountain transit services serving their communities. The survey provided valuable data and input regarding the needs,and priorities of the mountain communities. Nearly 500 responses to the survey were collected during July and August, providing three key findings.
First, and not surprisingly, the dominant work commute travel pattern for the mountain communities is to/from Boulder. However, other destinations, particularly Nederland, are important for non-work travel needs. Second, service frequency, hours, and stop locations of potential bus service are the most important “ridership” criteria for new transit service, for both work and non-work trips. Third, almost 90 percent of respondents visit Boulder County recreation areas outside their community at least a few times a month; 54 percent do so at least once a week. Many residents visit these areas year-round. The survey indicated that Brainard Lake, Eldora Resort, and the Hessie and Fourth of July trailheads are the most desired locations for recreation-oriented transit service.
For more information on the survey, including additional survey results, and the opportunity to provide your comments to Boulder County, please visit www.bouldercounty.org/transportation/MtnTransitStudy.htm or contact Jared Hall at