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Posted on: November 29, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Steamboat Springs Transit Accelerates into Winter Season

SST Winter Service 2021 NewsFlash

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, COLORADO-November 29, 2021-With the large planes set to start flying in December bringing winter guests from near and far, Steamboat Springs Transit (SST) shifts into overdrive for the free local winter bus moving to winter operations on Sunday, December 5, 2021, and continuing through Sunday, April 10, 2022. 

“The free local bus is a community asset and one of the most efficient rural transportation systems in the state,” said Transit Manager Jonathan Flint. “The pandemic continues to bring operational challenges and scheduled modifications; however, SST will do everything within our power to get you to your destination safely throughout the winter.” 

This season, the Main Line, one continuous loop between west Steamboat/downtown and the mountain area/condominiums, will provide 30-minute continuous service in the early morning (6am to 7:30am) and evening (6pm to 11:30pm). No transfer is required when the Main Line- Ski Area transitions to the Main Line - Condo bound bus.

During the bulk of the day, SST will again pair the Red Line (West Steamboat, downtown, grocery stores and gondola base) with the Green Line (condominiums) running roughly between 8am and 6pm. Similarly, the Orange Line connects hotels/motels south of the ski area on US40, The Ponds and several condo properties to the GTC. The Orange Line runs from 8:20am to 6:20pm. For early morning and evening service, passengers will use the Main Line – Ski Area/Condo. 

Getting from downtown to the mountain will be faster this winter with the introduction a a new ExpreSST Line. This new route provides express morning (8-11:32am) and afternoon (1:20-6:32pm) service traveling directly from 3rd & Lincoln to the GTC. This express route will operate every 20-minutes between eight downtown locations and the ski area. 

New this winter, the Yellow Line is being replaced by the Yellow Zone, a free, on-demand ride service that gets you from point A to point B with the tap of a button. Simply download the Yellow Zone app and request on-demand rides within the service area from 7am-6:20pm, daily. The service area includes downtown Steamboat and many of the surrounding neighborhoods. Transfers will be needed to go to West Steamboat, the Ski Area or out to the Condominiums.

The Purple Line runs continuous loop service to the northern condominiums, Yampa Valley Medical Center, Central Park Plaza, and the gondola base. This route features service from 8:05am to 5:55pm and requires a transfer to other lines to reach downtown, condominiums or west Steamboat Springs.

SST’s Regional service between Steamboat Springs and Craig makes traveling between these communities convenient, affordable, and comfortable with three anticipated daily departures in each direction as well as reverse direction service. SST’s regional rates remain the same as last year. 

Federal guidelines mandate a facemask covering the nose and mouth to ride SST. All buses undergo electrostatic disinfecting daily on top of sanitizing high touch areas after every loop. This revolutionary technology, releases electrostatically charged droplets which create an electric field adhering to surfaces. In addition, paratransit vehicles are cleaned between customers and regional and local buses have drivers disinfecting high touch areas between each loop. 

Steamboat Springs Transit makes every effort to operate according to the printed schedule and routing. However, circumstances such as weather, road conditions, passenger loads, traffic, and other unforeseen issues may prevent maintaining the schedule.

Use the latest in technology and never miss the bus. Learn when the next bus is due to arrive and see buses in real-time with RouteShout; plan your trip and see the fastest options for your journey with google maps; or visit your one-stop location for everything related to SST on the city’s website or call 970.879.3717. 


Jonathan Flint, Transit Manager, 970.879.3717 or email
Tyler Kern, Operations Manager, 970.879.3717 or email
Michael Lane, Communications Manager, 970.871.8220 or email

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