Local Garrett Bradford is interested in how this region works. Through his work with the Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association, as well as owning and operating two consulting firms, Bradford has learned how the region’s interconnection makes for a viable community, particularly with regard to public transport.
Ogilvie Family Limited Partnership (OFLP) recently announced that Bradford will be its new chairman as he will focus on growing CO West Transportation LLC, an OFLP-owned transportation company that includes Alpine Express, Telluride Express, American Spirit Shuttle, CB Limo and GO Alpine.
Given his background in finance, property development and management, and transport, Bradford said he would be able to make information-based decisions through detailed analysis, which he is already doing to help CO West to develop.
“I saw an incredible opportunity to work with a company that has a positive impact on so many lives. CO West and Telluride Express play a vital role in our core industries, reducing the number of cars on the road, providing personnel and employment and support options, and creating easy access to transportation for our residents. regional and those who need it most, “he said.
In addition to personnel issues, the COVID-19 pandemic has created a shortage of computer chips, which has slowed global auto production. This means vehicles used for public transport, including passenger buses and shuttles, are also increasingly difficult to find, Bradford explained, describing his current target and plans for CO West.
“We have purchased vehicles as far away as Maine and Miami as we anticipate a busy winter season associated with our expanding operations,” he said. “Over the past six months, we’ve focused on hiring drivers and we’ve expanded our fleet by adding 17 Chevrolet Suburban, 33 vans (11-14 passengers) and nine coaches (25+ passengers). For the next six months, we expect a delivery of 10 SUVs, 20 vans and five coaches. We also expect further improvements to our fleet at Steamboat Springs. “
It was that kind of foresight and planning that made Bradford the perfect fit, said Landon Ogilvie, owner of CO West and OFLP.
“We are delighted to have Garrett join our team and help position the company for new opportunities. His experience with transportation committees, consulting firms, and working with government entities like San Miguel County and the towns of Telluride and Mountain Village will bring a unique perspective on the transportation services industry, ”he said. -he declares. “We want people to think of CO West not just as a transportation company, but rather as a service to enjoy the experience of traveling through Colorado. Our guests’ visit to Colorado begins when they embark with us.
Although it has already started operating, Bradford is eager to explore more partnerships and transport expansion options, such as the new Bustang Outrider service, which launched this week and connects Telluride to Grand Junction, has he declared.
“What excites me the most is the variety of opportunities we have to improve transportation in western Colorado. They can have a real impact on our region, whether it’s helping businesses in the region grow or improving access for residents and guests, ”he added. “A recent example is our partnership with Bustang Outrider to provide service between Telluride and Grand Junction. Bustang Outrider provides easy and consistent transportation to our residents, including half-price fares for seniors, children, and people with disabilities. Partnerships like this give people the opportunity to move, whether it’s for play, work or healthcare needs.
CO West also operates public transportation to CDOT Bustang, Gunnison County, Town of Crested Butte, Telluride and Mountain Village. They provide full limousine, event and charter transportation services, as well as airport shuttles to Denver, Montrose, Hayden, Gunnison and Telluride airports. For more information, visit Letsride.co or call 1-800-822-4844.