Vail officials call delivery pilot program a success

City officials say a pilot program in Vail to replace large trucks with small electric delivery vehicles has so far been successful.
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Vail’s pilot program for Vail Village Load and Delivery may become permanent.

In a March 1 update to the Vail City Council, City Manager Scott Robson said the program, which uses electric delivery vehicles staged from a central loading area, now represents approximately 40% of all the volume of goods brought into the village.

Robson added that the program was initially working with businesses to put nine delivery trucks on the dock. This number has doubled.

The ultimate goal is to have all village goods delivered through the new system, which is run by Edwards-based 106 West. But this is going to take work and incur costs.

Robson said the program at full capacity will require just over $1 million per year and require about double the current personnel and vehicles.

While working on a formula to expand the program, Robson noted that it’s been a few years since the city raised its business license fees. And, he added, the city wants to “fairly” pass the costs on to businesses and trucking companies.

Getting delivery trucks out of Vail Village has long been on the city’s to-do list, as idling trucks make noise and exhaust fumes in a busy area, as well as bedrooms. lodging and condos. Lionshead is laid out differently than Vail Village, so loading and delivery is not an issue there.

The current program is set to expire on April 24, the day Vail Mountain is closed. Robson said Vail Police Commander Ryan Kenney, who put together the program, said a six-month program extension would cost about $350,000.

Vail getting 100% corporate ownership “would make us the leader in North America,” Robson said, adding that the next stage of the project will be to remove garbage and recycling trucks from the streets of Vail Village.

Ryan H. Bowman