May 1, 2018
Schweitzer and SPOT Establish Transportation Partnership
Starting Winter 2018/19, SPOT Manages Mountain Routes
Schweitzer Mountain Resort and the Selkirks Pend Oreille Transit Authority (SPOT) are pleased to announce the transfer of the daily winter bus operations from the Red Barn to the village in 2018/19. “We are really excited about this partnership,” said SPOT Board Member/Treasurer, Clif Warren. SPOT will be providing the same service that Schweitzer has provided. The “Mountain Route” service will follow 2017-2018 season schedule with the identical departure times from the Red Barn and the village. One difference will be will be new and bigger SPOT buses similar to the buses currently in use. Another difference is there will be no charge to get to or from the village.”
“With Schweitzer’s contribution and grant money, the cost of this endeavor is covered for the next two seasons,” added Warren. “Schweitzer’s infusion of cash will make the resort the biggest contributor to SPOT. Schweitzer’s funding goes toward the purchase of the new buses and operations.”
“Reliable bus service from town to Schweitzer has been a goal of ours for years,” said Schweitzer CEO, Tom Chasse. “Parking is challenging at the resort and having this service in place will make it easier for our guests to access the mountain and reduce the environmental impact at the same time.”
SPOT’s service will begin with the start of the 2018-2019 ski season as long as the new buses arrive in time from the manufacturer. As the service is put into place, additional runs and service directly from the town will be evaluated and added if deemed beneficial for the local communities. “I’m excited to see where this partnership goes to stimulate the local economy,” stated Warren.
For more details on the SPOT bus service and current schedule, please visit spotbus.org.