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North Creek business group hopes to grow shuttle

— While the shuttle is mainly a winter service — transporting tourists from downtown North Creek and hotel properties throughout the town to the Gore Mountain ski center and the train station — Bowers and Business Alliance co-chair Joel Beaudin said the shuttle is a service to the community 12 months of the year. It ran in the winter, during some fall foliage tourist days, holiday weekends and the Hudson River White Water Derby in May.

“It’s extremely important to our end of the community, as far as owning one of the two lodging facilities in downtown North Creek,” said Beaudin, co-owner of the Copperfield Inn. “Our skiing customers have come to depend upon it, and it adds to the value of their stay here tremendously.”

In the winter, the shuttle transports tourists between downtown North Creek, the train station, surrounding hospitality establishments and the ski facilities at Gore Mountain and the Ski Bowl. The schedule includes properties such as the Alpine Lodge, Copperfield Inn, Goose Pond Inn, the Valhaus Motel and the Black Mountain Ski Lodge and Motel.

With the help of Don Butler and Keith Wilkinson of Brant Lake Taxi, bed tax money from the town and county and the North Creek Business Alliance supports the shuttle. Brant Lake Taxi also raises funds for the shuttle through advertising on the bus. It costs $405 a day for Brant Lake Taxi to run the shuttle. This was their fourth year running the service for the Business Alliance, according to Butler.

“And so it’s a joint effort between the town, the county and the business community to run this, and Brant Lake Taxi. Without them, this wouldn’t be possible,” Bowers said.

About $26,000 in occupancy tax money was awarded to the shuttle for the 2012 operations, according to Beaudin. That includes rounds of funding from the town of Johnsburg and Warren County. The town itself awarded $10,000 to the shuttle for 2012.

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