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Visit Casper looks to upgrade transportation with bus purchase

A view of Casper from the Casper Events Center on June 15, 2017. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — The Visit Casper board gave the thumbs-up to pursuing the purchase of a bus in order to accommodate travelers and groups.

CEO Brook Kaufman told the tourism board at its regular meeting Monday, November 1 that Visit Casper would look to partner with the City of Casper to develop a use agreement and utilize the city’s existing relationship with vendors to get the best deal.

“We have talked transportation on this board … probably for about the last three years as a priority,” Kaufman said at the meeting.

“We can’t move people around,” Kaufman explained to Oil City after the meeting. 

“We’re bringing in motor coaches on huge events that are $6,000, $8,000, or $10,000,” Kaufman said. She said the number of attendees at many events easily overwhelms the small fleet of vans maintained by venues like the Ramkota.

“In Cheyenne, they have a fleet of trolleys,” Kaufman said. “So, this our first step to saying, ‘if we were able to meet transportation needs in our community, what would it look like?'”

Kaufman said not only could a bus be used on particular events, it could be assigned to dedicated circuits showcasing Casper’s key destinations and offer a more curated experience for travelers whose only other options would be Uber or the more utilitarian Casper Link routes.

Transportation service was also a priority area identified in the Visit Casper Tourism Master Plan developed by Rudloff Solutions, which the board is expected to approve at its next regular meeting.

In a statement, Kaufman added that the funds from the purchase would come from the nonprofit 5150 Tourism Development fund, which is managed by Visit Casper board members.