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Improving Transportation Efficiency and Bus Ridership: Arapahoe Basin Ski Area
Student Researcher: Danny Klibaner
Client: Arapahoe Basin
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Arapahoe Basin Ski Area is an industry leader in sustainability initiatives and best practices. As part of Arapahoe Basin’s ongoing efforts to become a more sustainable company, this report seeks to identify current transportation trends and to offer strategies and recommendations to improve transportation efficiency. One of seven primary goals from Sustainability Strategic Plan (2018), transportation efficiency, comprising higher weekend vehicle occupancy and higher bus ridership, will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and fossil fuel usage. Moving past sustainability goals, more efficient transportation will improve access to Arapahoe Basin for populations across the Front Range and Summit County who may not have access to an automobile. To accomplish the objective of improving transportation efficiency and bus ridership, I conducted a vehicle occupancy study, analyzed and compared Snowstang bus ridership data, researched electric vehicle literature, and conducted a transportation survey of frequent Arapahoe Basin visitors.