Carpool kiosk

The city of Aspen’s carpool kiosk, shown last week before it moved from the airport to the Brush Creek Park and Ride. The move came at the request of the county, which needs the space to create a waiting area due to changes in curbside parking regulations.

A kiosk where the city of Aspen hands out vouchers for free parking to carpools has moved from the airport to the Brush Creek Park and Ride lot.

The kiosk’s first day in its new location was Friday. In the two work days since the move, city parking director Mitch Osur said that numbers did not appear to be affected.

“Free parking? People will find it,” he said. The Brush Creek Park and Ride is located at the intersection of Brush Creek Road — which is the main turnoff to Snowmass Village — and Highway 82.

Despite being farther from the city limits, Osur said he thinks locating the kiosk at the Brush Creek Park and Ride could increase usage of the program. That’s because it offers free parking if someone wants to leave a car there and convenient bus service if that person needs to get back to their car earlier or later than their driver is leaving town.

“We might see a minor bump because it’s a great place to meet and carpool into town,” he said.

The kiosk distributes about 400 carpool vouchers per day, Osur said. They are good for free parking in residential zones, which normally costs $8 per day. 

He added that 83 percent of the permits go to construction related vehicles.

The goal of the program is to reduce the number of single occupancy vehicles driving into town.

The kiosk was moved from the airport at the request of Pitkin County, which manages the airport, Osur said. The area where the kiosk was located is being converted into a “cell phone lot,” or a place where those picking up passengers can wait. The change is necessary because of new airport parking regulations that prevent drivers from waiting curbside for incoming passengers.

Curtis Wackerle is the editor of Aspen Daily News. He can be reached at curtis@aspendailynews.com or on Twitter @CurtisWackerle.