Mall Transit Station Conceptual Design
About the Project:
The Town is developing conceptual designs for an improved transit station in the Snowmass Mall that serves both RFTA and Village Shuttle riders from one convenient location. The concepts will include several features and amenities that will benefit the guest and rider experience including: improved transit station waiting areas, public restrooms, replacement parking, a driver’s breakroom, pedestrian walkways, and escalators and/or elevators.
This project is not a new idea. The concept of improving the transit Mall Transit Station was identified as a necessary capital improvement for the community as far back as the 1980's. A lot of the same problems persist today.
Why Do We Need a New Transit Station?
While both the Village Shuttle and RFTA services are currently operating out of two separate locations, there are many opportunities to improve the experience and efficiency of these services by creating a single transit station:
- Better Access to/from the Mall:
A high priority for this project is to improve the transit connections to the Snowmass Mall. A reconfiguration of the transit stations would allow for transit users, lodge shuttles, taxis, deliveries, skiers, shoppers, employees, and guests to better access the mall. This is currently being contemplated by alleviating the elevation gain to the mall through improved grading, pedestrian escalators / elevators, and improved drop off locations.
- Improved Guest Arrival Experience:
The mall transit station is a crucial part of the guest experience in Snowmass Village. In many cases, it is the first impression our guests have of the Village. By consolidating and upgrading the current transit facilities, the Town hopes to make the arrival experience fit the expectations for our world class resort. The contemplated consolidation will also eliminate confusion of the two bus stops being in different locations and make it much easier to use the appropriate transit services.
After collect feedback from the community, mall merchants, and the Town Council, the design team has published an updated design for the Snowmass Mall Transit Station. View the complete presentation below:
The Town is in a very early conceptual phase of this project, and we are simply gathering information and feedback from the community. If the community elects to move forward with this project, it will still need to go through final designing and land use review stages. This includes a formal public hearing review by both the Town Council and Planning Commission. Designs won't be finalized until late 2020, and the project would still need to secure financing and go through a formal review process. If approved, construction wouldn't likely begin until 2022.
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The project team is using the feedback received during the presentations and discussion about the Option 4 design, and they are now working with stakeholders to create an Option 5. The latest design will be presented to Town Council sometime in 2020.