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About Summit Stage

Summit Stage is Summit County's free public transportation system, operated by Summit County government. We provide bus service between towns and resorts throughout Summit County, Colorado, including the towns of Breckenridge, Dillon, Frisco, Silverthorne and Blue River; and Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, Breckenridge Ski Resort, Copper Mountain and Keystone Resort.

Summit Stage is funded through a voter-approved 0.75% County-wide sales tax. We provide nearly 2 million passenger trips each year.

History
Read a brief history of the ski bus services offered by Summit County.

Summit County Transit Board
The Transit Board is an advisory body that provides recommendations regarding finances, policies and operations of the Summit Stage.

Short Range Transit Plan
Summit Stage's Short Range Transit Plan, completed January 2021.

Contact Us
Get in touch with us in person or via phone, email or fax.

Contact Us

The Summit Stage is located at: 
0222 County Shops Road 
Frisco, CO 80443 

Office Hours: 8:00am to 5:00pm, Monday - Friday
Phone: 970.668.0999   
Email: Email Transit  
Fax: 970.668.4165

DocumentHistory

The Summit Stage began providing ski bus service in 1977. Supported by a coalition made up of Ski the Summit, representatives from the ski areas, Summit County government, and local municipal governments, service was provided only during the ski season. With the increasing demand for inter-city and year-round transit service, Summit County assumed operation of the Summit Stage in 1989.

In 1990, the Summit Stage benefited from the passage of House Bill 1081, which granted authority of counties outside the Regional Transportation District to impose a sales tax for the purpose of funding a mass transportation system. Grants from the Federal Transportation Administration and CDOT were instrumental in purchasing the Stage bus fleet and completing the Frisco Transit Center. In 2001, an additional sales and use tax was passed by Summit County voters that enabled the Stage to run additional service in the evenings.

In 1992, ridership totaled 432,000 passenger trips per year. Today, the Summit Stage serves 1.9 million riders annually. The Summit Stage is the second-busiest rural transit system in Colorado. 

Short Range Transit Plan

The Summit Stage Short Range Transit Plan (SRTP) for 2021-2025 is a planning effort to evaluate and analyze existing services, understand travel demand and market potential, identify needs and opportunities, create system concepts, and develop a final plan with financial implications, phasing, and implementation strategies. This study includes:

Review of existing conditions

• Analysis of demand, route performance, and financial indicators
• Development of refinement of service and network design
• Performance measures
• Operating and capital plan for the next five years

Study Purpose and Context:

The study seeks to address how Summit Stage should conduct transit operations within its service area while evaluating limited expansion outside the existing service area to address the high volumes of commuter traffic coming in from outside Summit County. Recommendations from the SRTP could result in adaptations to the Summit Stage transit system architecture and fleet replacement plan. The SRTP comes at a unique time in history, both locally and globally. A recent bus operator shortage that has occurred concurrent with growth in visitation to Summit County has created operational constraints for Summit Stage. Meanwhile, the global COVID-19 pandemic has placed external burdens onto Summit Stage operations