Mountain Transit Adventures buys 3 busses for 2016 |

Mountain Transit Adventures buys 3 busses for 2016

Lance Maggart

It was a rough summer for Mountain Transit Adventures (MTA), the shuttle bus service operating exclusively in the Grand Lake area.

Elmer Lanzi, who purchased the busses used by MTA and is a partner in the business venture with Valley Taxi owner Curt Spencer, described the MTA summer season as, “disappointing”. Lanzi explained the MTA scheduled bus routes, including the evening restaurant/bar bus routes, received disappointingly low use this summer in the view of the proprietors.

Undaunted by their initial foray MTA has, “doubled down”, in Lanzi’s words, on busses for the business and three additional busses have been purchased for the 2016 summer season. The busses were purchased from Snowmass and are expected to arrive in Grand County sometime this week.

“Last summer we learned a lot,” said Lanzi. “We have learned that people love their cars,” he joked.

According to Lanzi next summer MTA will focus more heavily on groups and parties, with an eye on transporting large wedding parties during the nuptial high season. The business is currently on break throughout the winter with plans to begin taking passengers again next spring.

While plans are not concrete yet Lanzi said MTA hopes to establish greater ties with Rocky Mountain National Park for next summer and possibly begin working with Amtrak to ferry train passenger from the Granby Depot throughout the county.

“Wouldn’t it be interesting if somebody could get on a train in Denver, get on a bus in Granby and go to Rocky Mountain National Park and Grand Lake,” Lanzi said.

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