Vail wraps up summer event parking this weekend on final Sunday for Vail Farmer's Market

By Real Vail
September 22, 2011
The Town of Vail's summer event parking operations will end on Sunday, Sept. 25 to coincide with the last day of the Vail Farmers' Market.

Since June, the town has been offering a Frontage Road express bus that services Lionshead, Vail Village and Ford Park, as needed, on special event days to offset Frontage Road parking restrictions. Extensions of the in-town bus service to Ford Park have also been offered on select summer event days.

Implementation of the new summer parking operations were meant to be consistent with Vail's winter policies which restrict parking on the South Frontage Road until both the Vail Village and Lionshead parking structures are full.

Since its implementation, the express route and expanded service on the intown system have been well received by visitors and residents alike. To date, more than 29,000 passengers have used the express bus which has provided nearly 1,600 hours of service during 58 special event days.

In addition, the new summer parking operations reduced the number of overflow parking days on the Frontage Road to 10 thus far this summer, compared with 34 overflow days last summer prior to implementation of the managed parking operation.

The Town Council will determine if these summer parking operations will be repeated next year during the 2012 budget review in October. To offer a comment about summer parking, e-mail

Winter parking operations will begin Nov. 18 with the start of paid parking to coincide with the opening of Vail Mountain.

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