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/
Other Transit Authorities
- Town of Avon Transit
- Town of Vail Transit
- Beaver Creek Transit
- Roaring Fork Transit Agency (RFTA)
- Summit Stage
- CO Trip
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.
Jeff Wetzel, Operations Manager : firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Supervisor: email@example.com
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.
- Juan Reyes: firstname.lastname@example.org *Habla español
- Dave Folkvord: email@example.com
- Tim Minarovich: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Kimber Walker: email@example.com
Dayana Herr, Administrative Supervisor: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Sage Thornbrugh, Planning Manager: email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Supervisor: email@example.comOversees 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.