The San Miguel Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART), the ballot initiative to create a regional transportation authority, was passed by regional voters on November 8, 2016. SMART services can include bus service, shuttles, trails (for commuting), roads and related transit infrastructure, such as park-and-ride parking lots.
Approval of the SMART ballot measure created a new special Regional Transit Authority, similar to our local school, library, fire and hospital districts. The SMART board of directors is made up of elected officials from San Miguel County, Telluride and Mountain Village. Citizens and business stakeholders are encouraged to participate on SMART advisory committees.
SMART is funded through a combination of a 0.25 percent sales tax on all purchases with the exception of residential utilities and food for home consumption (1 cent on every $4) and .a 75 mill levy.
Representatives and leaders from Mountain Village, Telluride and San Miguel County have been meeting regularly in recent years to explore ways in which they can work cooperatively to provide regional transportation options – today and in the future – to the community at large. For more information, visit SMART’s website.
- Enhance local transportation services.
- Create regional transportation systems.
- Improve state and federal grant opportunities.
- Plan for the future.
- Have a more mobile workforce.
- Share resources.