Bus service coming to Grand Lake this summer | SkyHiNews.com

Bus service coming to Grand Lake this summer

This file photo shows the two buses that Elmer Lanzi plans to use in his Grand Lake area bus system.
Byron Hetzler/bhetzler@skyhidailynews.com | Sky-Hi News

If you’re looking for a easy and efficient way to get around the Grand Lake area this summer your options are expanding.

Mountain Transit Adventures (MTA), a privately owned enterprise, is preparing to begin accepting passengers on its bus system. A fee-free soft opening is scheduled for the last week of June.

Mountain Transit Adventures will offer bus rides along a scheduled bus route as well as pre-booked shuttle services to Rocky Mountain National Park and the Arapaho National Forest from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. A shuttle will be available from 6:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. for bars and restaurants.

Once the system is up and running, day passes for MTA will cost $12. Local merchants can purchase tickets for resale for $9. Local businesses can also establish bus stops for a monthly fee of $400; which can be shared among businesses and also includes advertising on the busses themselves.

The new enterprise is the brainchild of Grand Lake resident Elmer Lanzi. Lanzi purchased two buses late last year with plans of creating MTA and has been prepping throughout the winter for the summer season.

The future MTA bus route will service trails, bars, restaurants, private and public campgrounds and Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre. The route will be centered near Pine Beach where a park-and-ride location is under construction. The service will also provide a transportation link for passengers arriving in Grand County via AmTrak train.

Bus routes and scheduling are subject to change as the service gets up and running. Mountain Transit Adventures can be contacted at 907-888-1227. Their office is located at 928 Grand Ave., Unit 204, Grand Lake.

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