Originally Posted by rachelv
I would *much* rather be stuck in a bus where I can nap, read, watch a movie, work, whatever, and not put 200 miles on my car or worry about driving in any kind of weather. If there was affordable ($20-30 RT) bus service from Morrison I would be ALL OVER IT for day & weekend trips. I mean, there is essentially no mass transit into the mountains. As someone who recently moved out here from NYC, it's just insane. You have a metro area of, what, 3 million people all taking one road into the mountains every weekend... of course it's going to be a shitshow. You just need fewer cars, and the only short/medium term solution that doesn't involve millions and millions of dollars of development is buses.
That all sounds great ... until you have a husband, two kids, and a dog. Now we are talking $100 round trip, and what do we do with the dog? Plus I'm spending the night and have a cooler of food for the condo, and clean towels that I took home last week to wash ... I wish I could travel as light as Rachel, but alas. And that's what I was getting at ... a lot of people can go catch a bus, but it's not that practical for many others. So I think you can run buses, and it will be great for those people who don't want to drive, but I don't think enough people will use them to make too much of a dent in traffic. Plus, they will add to the problem of slow vehicles on the uphill, which is one of the problems already.
The train was the same thing, I don't remember exact numbers, but I think it was about $90 RT? and you have to drive downtown, park, load, be ready to leave at 7, I think it was. So that means (for a lot of people in a spread-out metro area) leaving the house at 6 or so. Well, usually if you leave by 6 am, you miss the traffic anyway, and it's a lot cheaper than paying for a train ticket....
I do think more ski buses should happen, for a lot of reasons, but I don't think it will solve the volume problem.