A team of seasonal bus drivers who hail from at least 11 different states are ready to start shuttling thousands of residents and visitors around Steamboat Springs this winter.
But some other Colorado ski resort towns aren’t so lucky this year.
The Summit Daily News reported last week that due to a shortage of drivers, buses in Summit County that serve the Breckenridge, Copper Mountain and Keystone ski resorts will not be able to switch to the winter schedule until Dec. 11.
The service was also pared down.
Steamboat has faced similar staffing challenges in previous years and had to rely on giving some drivers overtime to make up the difference.
For a season, the city also attempted to pare down the service but ended up bringing it back after the changes left many riders out in the cold.
Thanks to recruiting efforts made by this city’s transit employees, some available rooms at the Iron Horse Inn and a recent raise in driver pay from $15.63 to $17.36 an hour, Steamboat Springs Transit isn’t short on drivers this year.
And the winter schedule will start on time on Sunday.
“I’m thrilled we have a full staff,” Transit Manager Jonathan Flint said Friday. “It has just been a ton of work.”
Driver shortages have plagued Colorado resort towns as the economy has recovered, and there are more job opportunities.