Summit County’s pilot shuttle system to the Quandary Peak and McCullough Gulch trailheads is being recognized.
According to to a release, the county’s Department of Open Spaces and Trails was awarded a $50,000 Statewide Transportation Demand Management Innovation Grant from the Colorado Department of Transportation. The release says the money will be used to fine-tune the program and fund it for the upcoming season.
The county received the highest possible amount from CDOT, which issued $500,000 in statewide grants to “support transportation demand management efforts aimed at providing travelers with more choice beyond the travel by single occupancy vehicle”.
The county shuttle system was a pilot program started last summer to help alleviate parking issues and overcrowding at the Quandary Peak trailhead. The trail is the most popular 14,000-foot trail in the state, and Summit County, along with other partners, launched a free shuttle, which ran daily between Breckenridge and Quandary on a 30-minute loop. The shuttle also provided service to the nearby McCullough Gulch trailhead.
According to the release, the shuttle serviced 21,000 runners last season. County leaders are already tweaking the system to better serve hikers for the coming summer months.