Telluride Blues & Brews parking and transportation information

Mountain Village Gondola Spring

Words by Kathrine Warren / Transportation

 

The towns of Mountain Village and Telluride are connected by a three-stage gondola system starting at Market Plaza in Mountain Village and ending in Telluride at Oak Street Plaza. It takes about 12 minutes to get from one town to the other. During the festival weekend, gondola operating hours are from 6:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday, and until 1 a.m. Sunday. Long lines are possible during peak times. In addition, Dial-A-Ride will remain open 30 minutes longer than the gondola all three nights and the festival transportation partner, Telluride Express, has a fleet of customizable transport options available.

Due to the large number of parked vehicles during the festival weekend, the Town of Mountain Village has set aside specific parking spaces for its businesses and residents. Mountain Village residents who have procured a parking permit can park in the Market Plaza Parking lot. 26 spaces located along the rock wall are designated for permit holders and are available on a first-come, first-served basis; overnight parking is not allowed. Resident parking permits are also valid in the North Village Center lot; overnight parking is not allowed.

Individuals without parking permits must park their vehicles where directed by parking staff. Free parking in the Gondola Parking Garage will begin Thursday, September 12 at noon and end Monday, September 16 at noon. Other parking options include the North Village Center pay-to-park surface lot; overnight parking is not allowed. Short-term parking will be available for those doing business in Mountain Village; times will be enforced. Alternatively, for those shopping, dining or recreating in Mountain Village, we encourage the utilization of Heritage Parking Garage, located off Mountain Village Boulevard across from Hotel Madeline. Parking costs $2 for each hour until exit, $35 maximum in a 24-hour period.

Telluride Bluegrass Festival Parking and Transportation Information

Gondola Chondola Summer

Words by Kathrine Warren / Transportation

FESTIVAL TRANSPORTATION

Mountain Village and Telluride are connected by a three-stage gondola system starting at Market Plaza (formerly Town Hall Plaza) in Mountain Village to Village Center, and ending in Telluride at Oak Street Plaza. It takes about 12 minutes to get from one town to the other via Mountain Village Center.

During the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, gondola operating hours are from 6:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. Wednesday, June 19 through Sunday, June 23. Expect long lines during peak times. Additionally, the Meadows bus loop will run until 3 a.m. these nights with the last departure from Market Plaza to the Meadows at 2:35 a.m. In addition, Dial-A-Ride will remain open until 2:30 a.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

PARKING INFORMATION

Overnight parking at the Gondola Parking Garage will be free beginning Wednesday, June 19, 2019. Starting at 8 a.m. Thursday parking will be allowed along Mountain Village Boulevard for festivarians.

For visitors needing a ride to their vehicle parked on town roadways, Planet Bluegrass will run a free circulator bus delivering people to their cars or to the closest gondola station.  The bus will run Thursday through Sunday to assist with locating one’s vehicle, signs denoting specific parking zones – A through G – will be erected. Vehicles left on Mountain Village roadways after 12 p.m. Monday, June 24 will be towed at the owner’s expense.

Mountain Village’s Gondola Parking Garage located at 455 Mountain Village Blvd., behind Town Hall and the Mountain Village Market and northwest of the gondola terminal is free to park. Individuals and festivarians without parking permits must park their vehicles where directed by parking staff once the Gondola Parking Garage is full.

The North Village Center pay-to-park surface lot is another parking option though overnight parking is not allowed. Short-term parking will be available for those doing business in Mountain Village; times will be enforced. Alternatively, for those parking, shopping, dining or recreating in Mountain Village, we encourage the utilization of Heritage Parking Garage, located off Mountain Village Boulevard across from Hotel Madeline. Parking is $2 for each hour and $35 maximum in a 24-hour period.

Planet Bluegrass’ FirstGrass concert kicks off summer festival season in Mountain Village

Firstgrass

Words by Kathrine Warren / Event, Transportation

The 46th annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival kicks off in picturesque Mountain Village with the annual Firstgrass, a free outdoor concert in Sunset Plaza on Wednesday, June 19.

The genre-defying Jon Stickley Trio plays at 5 p.m. followed by the only-in-Telluride jamgrass supergroup of Ben Kaufmann & Adam Aijala (of Yonder Mountain String Band), Andy Thorn (of Leftover Salmon), and Stephen “Mojo” Mougin (of the Sam Bush Band)!

This free show runs from 5 to 8 p.m. and is made possible by the Town of Mountain Village and Planet Bluegrass.

After the show, stick around to dine in Mountain Village and for those lucky enough to have a ticket for Planet Bluegrass’ evening celebration with Leftover Salmon, head to the Telluride Conference Center as they play to a sold-out crowd. Doors open at 8 p.m. with the show beginning at 9 p.m.

For more information on the festival, visit bluegrass.com/telluride.

FESTIVAL TRANSPORTATION

Mountain Village and Telluride are connected by a three-stage gondola system starting at Market Plaza (formerly Town Hall Plaza) in Mountain Village to Village Center, and ending in Telluride at Oak Street Plaza. It takes about 12 minutes to get from one town to the other via Mountain Village Center.

During the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, gondola operating hours are from 6:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. Wednesday, June 19 through Sunday, June 23. Expect long lines during peak times. Additionally, the Meadows bus loop will run until 3 a.m. these nights with the last departure from Market Plaza to the Meadows at 2:35 a.m. In addition, Dial-A-Ride will remain open until 2:30 a.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

PARKING INFORMATION

Overnight parking at the Gondola Parking Garage will be free beginning Wednesday, June 19, 2019. Starting at 8 a.m. Thursday parking will be allowed along Mountain Village Boulevard for festivarians.

For visitors needing a ride to their vehicle parked on town roadways, the Planet Bluegrass bus there will be a free circulator bus delivering people to their cars or to the closest gondola station.  The bus will run Thursday through Sunday to assist with locating one’s vehicle, signs denoting specific parking zones – A through G – will be erected. Vehicles left on Mountain Village roadways after 12 p.m. Monday, June 24 will be towed at the owner’s expense.

Mountain Village’s Gondola Parking Garage located at 455 Mountain Village Blvd., behind Town Hall and the Mountain Village Market and northwest of the gondola terminal is free to park. Individuals and festivarians without parking permits must park their vehicles where directed by parking staff once the Gondola Parking Garage is full.

The North Village Center pay-to-park surface lot is another parking option though overnight parking is not allowed. Short-term parking will be available for those doing business in Mountain Village; times will be enforced. Alternatively, for those parking, shopping, dining or recreating in Mountain Village, we encourage the utilization of Heritage Parking Garage, located off Mountain Village Boulevard across from Hotel Madeline. Parking is $2 for each hour and $35 maximum in a 24-hour period.

COMMON CONSUMPTION AREA

As of June 15, the Common Consumption Area in Sunset and Heritage plazas is in effect from 12-4 p.m. daily. The Common Consumption Area will allow people to purchase alcoholic beverages from participating licensed establishments attached to the Common Consumption Area and move freely with beverages within the defined boundary of the concert area. Only alcohol from the participating establishments is permitted in the Common Consumption area. For a map of the area, please visit the town’s website.

CDOT and San Miguel County celebrate completion of the Telluride Lawson Hill Parking & Transit Center

Words by Kathrine Warren / Transportation

The Colorado Department of Transportation recently celebrated the completion of a transit facility built near Telluride. A ribbon cutting event was held, Wednesday, May 29 at the new Telluride Lawson Hill Parking & Transit Center located along CO Highway 145 near Society Turn Business Center, just west of Telluride.

CDOT and San Miguel County officials say the center is important for local and regional travelers serving as a stop and transfer station for the local Galloping Goose and SMART (San Miguel Authority for Regional Transportation) transit buses as well as Bustang, which provides broader statewide service.

“Not only can locals take advantage of this facility and its amenities when they ride the Galloping Goose and SMART buses, but regional travelers will benefit as well,” said CDOT Southwest Regional Transportation Director, Mike McVaugh. “The Bustang Outrider program offers intrastate connections with bus service from Durango all the way to Grand Junction and many stops beyond in between. This will be a pleasant stop for those traveling the Western Slope route.”

The new regional transportation center, powered by solar panels, also has 120 paved parking spaces, an electric charging station and restrooms. The construction cost is approximately $1.5 million made available by the State of Colorado through Senate Bill 228 transit funding dollars.

The ribbon cutting event was hosted by SMART. Officials with CDOT and local agency partners and project contributors were in attendance including San Miguel County; SMART; Town of Telluride; Telluride Mountain Village; Russell Planning & Engineering; and Stryker & Company Commercial Contractors. To view a video of the event visit CDOT’s YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/PqKu5AMMAE8.

Significant road work to begin on Highway 145

Road Work Ahead Blog

Words by Special Contributor / Communications, Transportation

The Colorado Department of Transportation and contractor Oldcastle SW Group, Inc., will begin a project next week on CO Highway 145 just northwest (down valley) of Telluride and Mountain Village.

The work, starting on Monday, April 15, 2019, will greatly improve safety for motorists by widening the two-lane highway, adding a southbound, uphill passing lane (toward Telluride) and improving shoulders between mile point (MP) 73.9 at lllium Road (County Road 65L) and MP 75.1 at Deep Creek Road. Passing lanes will provide space and opportunities for faster vehicles to safely pass slower moving traffic. This safety-improvement project was contracted to Oldcastle for $5.4 million.

Crews will excavate the hillside along the northbound lane and widen the roadway to accommodate the new southbound passing lane. The work will involve the following:

  • Construction of a reinforced soil slope and rockery retaining wall
  • Installation of new guardrail
  • Replacement of existing culverts at eight locations across this stretch of improvement from Illium Road to the CDOT Maintenance facility
  • Construction of a concrete box culvert at Deep Creek
  • Super-elevation and crown improvements on the roadway (meaning the roadway’s banked curve will be adjusted and its height will be leveled to improve safety for motorists, by way of cornering ease and increased sight distance)

 

TRAVEL IMPACTS

Through the project’s completion in early December 2019, motorists can expect some single-lane, alternating travel through the work zone, as well as periods of two-way traffic with narrowed, 10-foot lanes. The following are general details regarding travel impacts (for more specific, updated information, please go to the project website, below, and sign up for weekly project emails, or check “road work” on www.cotrip.org):

  • April 15 through early July 2019 – Single-lane, alternating traffic will be directed by flagging personnel from *7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays and special event dates, listed below.
  • Early June through late December 2019 – A 10-foot width restriction will be in place 24/7.
  • Early July through late December 2019 – Single-lane, alternating traffic will be controlled by temporary traffic lights at each end of the work zone, Monday through Friday, from *7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Access onto and off of Ilium Road (CR 65L) and Deep Creek Road will be maintained.
  • Access to the Galloping Goose trail system will be maintained.

(*These start/end times will change with daylight hours – please sign up for weekly project updates or check weekly lane closures on www.cotrip.org.)

 

The following periods of work suspension will be in effect for these holidays and special community events:

  • June 19 through 24 – Telluride Bluegrass Festival
  • July 3 through 5 – Independence Day holiday travel
  • July 12 through 14 – The RIDE Festival
  • August 8 through 11 – Telluride Jazz Festival
  • August 30 through September 2 – Labor Day holiday weekend
  • September 13 through 16 – Telluride Blues & Brews Festival
  • November 27 through 29 – Thanksgiving holiday

Be sure to visit the project’s website for updated information.

Mountain Village, SMART partner for spring bus service

Bus and Dial-A-Ride

Words by Kathrine Warren / Transportation

With the upcoming spring shoulder season closure of the gondola, the San Miguel Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART) and the Town of Mountain Village announce the spring 2019 off-season bus service between Telluride and Mountain Village.

The free off-season service will run from Monday, April 8, 2019 through Wednesday, May 22, 2019. Changes for this year include an earlier departure from the Meadows to Telluride at 6:25 a.m., and a shorter loop in Telluride that terminates at the San Miguel County Courthouse. The off-season service is funded by SMART and operated by the Town of Mountain Village.

“SMART is excited to partner with the Town of Mountain Village to provide this service and we hope that it serves residents’ and visitors’ needs throughout the off-season,” said SMART Executive Director David Averill.

To download both the full spring bus schedule and the express schedule, please visit townofmountainvillage.com/bus.

The Town of Mountain Village is also hiring for an off-season bus driver. Effective immediately. Please visit our career page for more information.

 

Gondola hours extended for winter weekends

Gondola at sunset

Words by Kathrine Warren / Community, Transportation

To support local businesses and promote safe late-night transportation, this winter the gondola will once again run on Fridays and Saturdays from 6:30 a.m. until 2 a.m. The new weekend hours will run beginning on Friday, Dec. 14, 2018 through April 7, 2019.

The extended hours were made possible through a collaborative and cost-sharing effort by the Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association (TMVOA), Town of Mountain Village and Town of Telluride. The gondola will continue regular operating hours of 6:30 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday.

Accordingly, TMVOA has extended Dial-A-Ride in Mountain Village from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday to ensure Town of Mountain Village residents and their guests have safe ground transportation to their homes. Dial-A-Ride will operate until 12:30 a.m. the remaining nights of the week. 

Photo credit: Ryan Bonneau.

Extended Gondola Hours Continue for the Winter Season

Winter Gondola Ryan Bonneau

Words by Special Contributor / Community, Transportation

To support local businesses and promote safe late-night transportation, this winter the gondola will run on Friday and Saturday from 6:30 a.m. until 2 a.m. The new weekend hours will run beginning on December 15, 2017 through April 8, 2018.

The extended hours were made possible through a collaborative and cost-sharing effort by the Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association (TMVOA), Town of Mountain Village and Town of Telluride. The gondola will continue regular operating hours of 6:30 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday.

Accordingly, TMVOA has extended Dial-A-Ride in Mountain Village from 6:45 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday to ensure Town of Mountain Village residents and their guests have safe ground transportation to their homes. 

Photo credit: Ryan Bonneau.

The San Miguel Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART) Hires Executive Director

SMART Telluride Blog

Words by Special Contributor / Community, Transportation

The San Miguel Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART) is pleased to announce the hiring of David Averill as its Executive Director. The SMART Board of Directors approved offering the job to Averill at its October 12, 2017 Board meeting. Averill brings a long history of involvement in transit in Colorado, with over 17 years in transportation issues. He is currently employed by the City of Fort Collins as the Capital Planning and Grants Compliance Manager. Prior to that, he served in a number of capacities for the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), including providing program management for transit planning and funding programs, which should be especially helpful for SMART’s future needs.

SMART Board Chairperson Laila Benitez indicated, “David has a proven track record in both public transportation and community transit planning. We were all impressed with his collaborative approach to achieving goals, as well as his strong reputation in the transit community as a team player. We are thrilled that David will be joining the SMART Team.”

Board member Todd Brown said Averill was chosen “because he has an outstanding set of skills that match SMART’s needs. He’s experienced in transportation planning, with relevant Colorado experience, and is well-known to and liked and respected by our regional transportation staff at both towns and the County. He’s “the whole package” and an avid bicyclist, so he’s attuned to non-vehicle transportation elements as well.”

SMART interviewed a number of candidates for the position before deciding to offer Averill the job. According to Board member, Joan May, “It took some time to find the right fit for the Telluride region, but David is it. He’s got all the skills and traits we want in the first ever SMART Executive Director, plus he’s excited to embrace the lifestyle here.” She said. “I trust that the community will welcome him warmly.”

Averill said he is excited about the move to Telluride and extremely excited about the new position with SMART. He says, “I’m really looking forward to getting to know the region better and seeing what we can achieve.” Averill will begin working with SMART on November 27th, 2017.

For more information, please call SMART Interim Director Amy Levek at  (970) 708-1231

Oak Street Gondola Station Resumes Normal Operating Hours

Station Telluride Gondola Blog

Words by Bill Kight / Transportation

Telluride Ski & Golf’s (TSG) Coonskin Lift (Chair 7) work affecting the Gondola operations has concluded. Gondola operations will resume regular working hours effective immediately with no Tuesday, October 10 closure. The Telluride—Mountain Village Gondola line between the Town of Telluride and San Sophia Station will open at 6:30 a.m. to midnight until the gondola closes for the season at 11:59 p.m. Sunday, October 15.

For questions regarding the Coonskin Lift (Chair 7) project, please contact Telluride Ski & Golf Resort Mountain Operations Erin Kress at  (970) 728-7550 or by email. For information on Mountain Village, contact Marketing and Business Development Director Bill Kight at (970) 369-6430 or by email.

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