ECO Transit

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ECO Transit provides multi-modal, environmentally sensitive public transportation choices that are safe, efficient, and reliable. ECO Transit provides bus service 21 hours per day, 7 days per week, 365 days per year, with a total fleet of 42 buses.

ECO Transit provides regional transportation between both ends of the Eagle Valley, as well as providing ADA transportation to eligible passengers within a 3/4 mile distance from our regional service routes.

In November 2022, residents voted to improve Eagle County’s transportation infrastructure through the formation of a new regional transportation authority, the Eagle Valley Transportation Authority (EVTA). ECO Transit is a proud partner of the EVTA. Learn more at https://eaglevalleyrta.org/

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History

Regional bus service came to the Eagle Valley in 1980, funded by Vail Associates. The initial bus service was designed primarily to transport skiers between Beaver Creek and Vail Mountain but also to carry employees between Edwards and Vail. It brought workers residing in Leadville to the valley. In the mid-eighties, Eagle County operated the regional bus service by way of contract with various transportation providers. In the winter of 1987-88, the town of Avon took over the operation of the regional bus service and continued operation through intergovernmental agreements until April 2001, when ECO Transit officially assumed day-to-day operations for regional bus service.

In the early years (1987-88) the regional bus service was funded by farebox revenues and through subsidies from the towns of Vail and Avon, Beaver Creek Resort and Eagle County. At this time, regional bus service was limited to early morning and late afternoon employee routes including a Leadville run and a skier shuttle that operated ten hours per day. This was a bare bones approach to keep operating costs low.

In 1994 the funding partners decided to seek a dedicated funding source (Eagle County transportation sales tax) for regional transportation. As the valley's population had grown, the demands for transportation had also increased, and this translated into a larger financial commitment from the funding partners. A ballot initiative for a dedicated funding source was approved by the voters in November 1995. The Eagle County Regional Transportation Authority was made official on January 1, 1996.

In 2001, Eagle County completed construction of the Gypsum Maintenance Facility shared by ECO Transit, the county's Road & Bridge and Fleet Services Departments. This facility houses ECO’s administrative, marketing, operations and fleet maintenance functions. Today ECO supports an operating staff of approximately 60 with a budget of around seven million dollars.

Contact Us

Jeff Wetzel, Operations Manager : jeff.wetzel@eaglecounty.us
Oversees daily operations and supervises road supervisors, dispatchers and bus operators. Jeff is responsible for adjusting route schedules twice a year based on ridership growth and seasonal needs, as well as operations hiring, training, continuing education and re-certification of drivers. He is also responsible for ensuring all employees meet all federal and state regulations.

Greg Barrett, Safety Manager: greg.barrett@eaglecounty.us
Responsible for the coordination of government mandated safety standards and practices for ECO Transit. Greg works with Department Directors, Managers, and Supervisors to develop and implement safety related programs and practices and identify resources. He also assists the Operations Manager with hiring of bus operators. Greg coordinates the ongoing assessment, implementation and adherence of various programs, while managing safety related and non-safety related training and development programs for employees.

Road Supervisors

Oversee direct operations of up to 19 buses and routes at any given time and supervise bus operators in their daily duties. Provide support for all routes during all hours of operation, from 4:30 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. Assist in guest relations, fare disputes and vehicle problems. Direct required safety meetings and participate in bus operator training and re-certification.

Dayana Herr, Administrative Supervisor: dayana.herr@eaglecounty.us
Handles bus fare revenue operations at ECO Transit, oversees bus pass distribution to the various area ticket outlets, accounts payable, and accounts receivable. Manages ECO Transit’s social media accounts.

Planning Manager:
Assists with strategic planning, capital projects and program, and preparation of contracts and bid documents. The Planning Manager also reviews development plans and special event applications, in addition to acting as a liaison between ECO Transit and other transit providers, and local jurisdictions and metropolitan districts.

Brian Powers, Transit/Trails Supervisor: brian.powers@eaglecounty.us
Oversees transit/trails maintenance technician in the service and maintenance of ECO Transit shelters, the Eagle Valley Trail, and the Leadville bus facility.

Jessie Cooper, Fleet Asset Manager: jessie.cooper@eaglecounty.us

Oversees Fleet maintenance and coordination through multiple maintenance facilities and ECO Transit’s Fleet Care Technicians.Responsible for ensuring ECO’s fleet meet operational demands. Duties also include vehicle procurement, aid in grant writing, data collection, and federal compliance.

Nancy Jo King, Operations Supervisor: nancy.king@eaglecounty.us

Provides additional supervisory support to the Operations Team; assists management with identifying issues, needs, and opportunities related to the transition of ECO Transit’s operations to the EVTA. Assists with developing relevant proposals and recommendations for EVTA consideration.



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