As a part of our mission, we work to contribute to a higher quality of life for the residents in the San Miguel region by providing safe, affordable and reliable transportation while reducing the negative impacts that air pollution has on our environment.
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SMART for the planet
Be part of the climate solution! In 2022, SMART riders collectively saved the region 563,303 lbs. of carbon emissions which helps protect our pristine mountain environment. Reduced emissions mean less pollution and cleaner air for southwestern Colorado where we all work to protect our environment and natural resources. Lower emissions correlates into reduced warming which helps to protect Telluride’s vital snowpack. For more information go to: https://protectourwinters.org/
SMART for Savings
When you leave the car at home, you save money. SMART is less expensive than driving and operating a vehicle. There’s never been an easier way to save money by not paying the high cost of gas. With one round trip you can save:
- $4.63 Rico to Telluride
- $8.75 Norwood to Telluride
- $15.33 Nucla to Telluride
- $14.29 Naturita to Telluride
- $4.07 Placerville to Telluride
- $2.68 Sawpit to Telluride
- $1.66 Lawson Hill to Telluride
Not only do you save money on gas, but you also reduce the wear and tear on your vehicle and maybe even avoid that occasional parking ticket. According to a recent study by AAA, a new car’s routine maintenance and repairs could cost an average of $0.09 per mile. If you drive 10,000 miles in a year, that totals $900. If you drive 20,000 miles, that figure jumps to $1,800 annually.
SMART for Parking
Parking in Telluride and Mountain Village is always limited and challenging. With SMART, there’s no need to worry about finding a parking space. Just hop on the bus and eliminate parking hassles, save money and help protect our region’s air quality!
SMART for Safety
By riding SMART rather than using your car, you reduce your risk of getting into an accident by 90% (based on a study by APTA—American Public Transportation Association). With SMART, there is no need to worry about driving on snowy or icy roads or navigating congestion. Just sit back and let our professional drivers get you safely where you want to go.
SMART for Growth
San Miguel County’s population is expected to grow by more than 18% in the next ten years. (SMART Specialized Transit Roadmap, March 2023) One of the solutions to accommodating a growing population is public transit. As the Spur gets busier and busier, SMART helps reduce the number of cars on the road. Our Norwood buses can accommodate up to 40 riders, that means 40 single occupancy vehicles off the road! Be part of the solution and ride SMART.
SMART for Business
SMART helps local businesses thrive. The regional transit system ensures businesses can connect with workers and workers can connect with their place of employment. The primary trip purpose for SMART riders is accessing employment in Telluride and Mountain Village. SMART keeps our business community thriving with reliable, safe and affordable transportation for employees.
SMART for kids
Many of our current riders are school commuters. Having a reliable way to and from school helps students from surrounding communities get to school easily and safely. It takes the commuting burden off parents—eliminating the need to adjust their schedules around school hours. Students can spend time on the bus catching up on homework, or just being a kid and socializing with friends.
Riding SMART allows you time to talk with friends, work on a knitting project, do some reading, or just relax. Not only is it a great way to get around stress-free, but you may also meet a neighbor or make a new friend. Be a part of the movement and find out why SMART is the way to go.