Summit County prepares to replace Frisco Transit Center

Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to remove a reference to the Park County commuter route, which does not pass through the Frisco Transit Center.

Summit County is expected to begin construction on a new Frisco Transit Center building this year, and officials hope the building will better facilitate future ridership growth in the area and encourage new users to try out public transportation in the region. county for the first time.

The county recently completed a tender for the second phase of the project. The first phase started in 2019 and is already complete, according to Summit County Transit director Chris Lubbers, who characterized the initial phase as the civil engineering side of the project which included new bus shelters, street lights, orientation, improvements to parking and new drainage. , plumbing and electrical infrastructure on site.

Phase 2 will include the demolition of the existing Frisco Transit Center building at 1010 Meadow Drive and the construction of a new 3,600 square foot facility on the same site.

“I believe that the desire and intention of this project were first and foremost to improve access to public transit and to strengthen the capacity for growth of public transit and growth in ridership,” Lubbers said. “The current building has served its purpose. There was limited space for the passenger queue, quite limited space for all the different routes including the private sector, Bustang as well as Greyhound.

The county has received two qualifying bids on the project, including a $ 5.1 million bid from MW Golden Constructors and a $ 4.9 million bid from Saunders Heath. Both offers topped the county’s cost estimate by about $ 4.4 million. The project is funded through an 80-20 split between state and Summit County government, according to Lubbers.

Lubbers said county officials had yet to sign anyone to complete the work, but the project could begin soon. Lubbers said demolition of the existing building could begin within the next 60 days. The county was hoping the new structure would be erected in November, although Lubbers noted there was a chance construction could move deeper into the winter if necessary. While construction is underway, Lubbers said a temporary building will be put in place to create a safe place for passengers to wait.

The transit center facilitates the normal routes for the summit scene, as well as the suburban route from Leadville. The center also serves as a hub for the Colorado Department of Transportation’s Bustang service, Greyhound buses, private shuttle services, and Hertz car rental service. When complete, the new building is expected to provide additional space to accommodate the growth in ridership and any changes to the broader transit landscape over the coming decades.

An electric vehicle charging station is pictured at the Frisco Transit Center on Tuesday, April 20.
Photo by Sawyer D’Argonne /

“A recently completed short-term transit plan indicated that after COVID, we can expect transit growth of 15% per year going forward,” Lubbers said. “… The very detailed and time-consuming planning that went into this carefully considered the potential growth of transit and wanted a facility that could accommodate this portal to easily transit for the next 20+ years. …

“I believe that as new modes of transportation develop over the decades, this space will serve them adequately. Whether it’s self-driving vehicles, self-service bicycles, ridesharing services, we look forward to serving all the different modes of transportation that will arise.

Lubbers said officials also plan to increase the number of electric vehicle charging stations at the site over the next few years. The new station is also expected to help convert “preferred users” into frequent users of public transport.

“It has exceeded its ability to provide a safe, comfortable and attractive place for transit users to access transit,” said Lubbers. “Being an attractive place would help us earn what we call ‘choice runners’ in the industry. … We do this through the creation of places. So we kill two birds with one stone, the other being that there was simply not enough space for the current traffic. “