PHASE 3 RFTA SERVICE REDUCTIONS, EFFECTIVE MONDAY, MARCH 30 IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19

Due to the outbreak of COVID-19 in the region, the RFTA Board of Directors held a special meeting on Friday, March 27 to discuss the immediate future of RFTA services.  A motion to completely curtail RFTA regional services did not pass.  As a result, RFTA will move forward with the implementation of its Phase 3 service reduction plan effective, Monday, March 30.  RFTA’s Phase 3 plan will continue regional transit services at a bare minimum for essential valley workers.

RFTA’s Phase 3 schedule was created with the goal of providing critical transit access to essential services such as hospitals, pharmacies and grocery stores. It is for those that are transit dependent and for essential employees who work for essential services that the community needs.


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RFTA’s Phase 3 service reductions are in addition to the Phase 1 and Phase 2 service reductions instituted on March 16 and March 23. A summary of the Phase 3 service reductions that will go into effect on Monday, March 30 are as follows:

Valley Services

  • Local Valley
    • Local Valley service will be once an hour each direction beginning at 4:00 a.m. from Glenwood and ending at 11:15 p.m. from Aspen.
      Last up valley from Glenwood is at 9:00 p.m.
  • BRT service will include only:
    • Four BRT buses going up valley in the morning (between 6:15 a.m. to 7:15 a.m.)
    • Four BRT buses going down valley in the afternoon (between 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.)
  • The Carbondale Circulator will suspend operation on March 30. Local Valley buses will serve downtown Carbondale.
  • Express service suspended operation on March 23.
  • All Snowmass Direct buses to and from the Snowmass Mall suspended operation on March 23.
  • The Woody Creek Shuttle suspended operation on March 23.

Snowmass Service

  • Snowmass service will operate once an hour departing from the Brush Creek Park and Ride at 30 past the hour and from the Snowmass Mall at 15 past the hour. The first bus from the Mall will be at 6:15 am with a connection at 6:30 am. The last bus from the Snowmass Mall to BC&82 connecting to DV will be at 11:15 pm with a connection at 11:30pm. The last bus from Snowmass to go into Aspen will be at 10:15 pm with a 10:30 pm connection.

Hogback Service

  • Hogback bus service will be reduced to two trips to and from Rifle in the morning. In the afternoon, there will be three trips to Rifle and two trips from Rifle.

Ride Glenwood

  • Ride Glenwood suspended operation on March 23.

Aspen Free Shuttles

  • The Cross Town Shuttle, Galena and Highlands Direct have all previously ceased operation.
  • All remaining Aspen routes will offer more reduced evening hours:
    • Burlingame – 7:35am-8:20pm
    • Castle Maroon – 8:00am-8:00pm
    • Cemetery Lane – 8:00am-8:00pm
    • Hunter Creek – 8:00am-8:00pm
    • Mountain Valley – 8:15am-7:45pm

Route Name & Page Link

PDF Schedule

Currently Running

4 Mountain Connector  Discontinued Service effective 3/23/20 Service discontinued effective 03/23/2020 Service discontinued effective 03/23/2020
Carbondale Circulator Discontinued effective 03/30/2020 Service discontinued effective 03/30/2020 Service discontinued effective 03/30/2020
City of Aspen Routes Service reductions View Webpage for Service Reductions 7 Days a Week with Reduced Service & Hours
Hogback – Rifle  Service reductions PDF Schedule Download (Revised Schedule) 7 Days a Week with Service Reductions
Maroon Bells Out of service until June 6, 2020 Out of service until June 6, 2020
Ride Glenwood Springs Discontinued effective 03/23/2020 Service discontinued effective 03/23/2020 Service discontinued effective 03/23/2020
Roaring Fork Valley – Local  Service reductions PDF Schedule Download (Revised Schedule) 7 Days a Week with Service Reductions
Snowmass Village  Service reductions PDF Schedule Download (Revised Schedule) 7 Days a Week with Service Reductions
VelociRFTA BRT Service Reductions PDF Schedule Download (Revised Schedule) 7 Days a Week with Service Reductions
Woody Creek Discontinued effective 03/23/2020 Service discontinued effective 03/23/2020 Service discontinued effective 03/23/2020

If you are an individual in Glenwood Springs, Aspen or Carbondale with a disability and want to discuss your travel options due to the absence of service, please contact RFTA at 970-945-9117.

RFTA would like to remind passengers to not use RFTA services if experiencing any signs of illness and to keep social distancing while on the buses, please sit at least 6 feet away from other passengers and the driver. Also, effective immediately, please only board through the rear door of the bus. RFTA fares have been suspended temporarily to minimize interaction with the drivers.

RFTA and its partners appreciate the community’s patience during this challenging time. RFTA advises passengers to visit www.rfta.com to view its modified schedules and to keep up to date with up-coming schedule changes.

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