Saturday, June 19, 2021

DEC, Essex County announce pilot shuttle program for Keene

keene shuttleDEC Commissioner Basil Seggos, Essex County Board of Supervisors Chair Shaun Gillilland, and Keene Town Supervisor Joe Pete Wilson have issued the following joint statement:

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Essex County, and the Town of Keene are working together to implement a shuttle pilot system this summer that will explore how shuttles may help manage sustainable visitation along the Route 73 corridor and in the High Peaks. Using the recently completed Volpe study to help guide our planning efforts, we are closely collaborating to develop an effective, safe, and enjoyable system that benefits High Peaks communities and visitors. Some important details remain, including hiring necessary and properly certified shuttle operators and trail stewards, as well as finalizing route information, but we are continuing to collaborate and reach out to our partners to help make the shuttle successful. Qualified individuals interested in the hiring opportunities available can contact the Town of Keene, and additional information will be made available as the shuttle system details are finalized.

Current openings

Contact the Essex County Personnel Department for information and required qualifications about the positions available: 7551 Court Street, P.O. Box 217, Elizabethtown, New York 12932 Phone: (518) 873-3360 Fax: (518) 873-3372

The Town of Keene is also hiring Front Country Stewards to work with hikers and visitors to the High Peaks. Front Country Stewards are trained to help hikers find appropriate hikes, learn about Leave No Trace, and help manage the Rt 73 shuttle. Weekend hours available. Pay starts at $15/Hour. Please contact the town of Keene at 518-576-4444 or email:

The Town of Keene has immediate openings for shuttle bus drivers to operate the town’s hiker shuttle. The shuttle is a 15-person van and it runs from the Marcy Field parking lot to the Garden trailhead. The shuttle operates from 7 am until 7 pm on weekends and holidays through October. Starting pay is $18/hour (negotiable for the right candidate). Candidates must have a valid CDL class B passenger New York State Driver’s License. Please call the Town Hall with questions: 518-576-4444 or email:

Photo: Shuttle driver Fran Shumway drove hikers back and forth from the Garden parking lot and Marcy Field during the 2019 summer. Photo by Mike Lynch/Explorer

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Information attributed to NYSDEC is taken from press releases and news announcements from New York State's Department of Environmental Conservation.

5 Responses

  1. Tom says:

    Needs to start earlier than 7am and run later than 7pm or no one is going to want to ride it. The hiking day is half over by 7am and if you do get a later start no one wants to hike with a deadline of 7pm. 5am to 9pm would seem like the absolute bare minimum necessary.

  2. Vanessa says:

    Cool! Sounds like this is not the shuttle that will go from Marcy field to the garden, but rather the bigger shuttle route that is supposed to be electric? I hope they have luck hiring people – I heard like last month that this has been challenging to do.

  3. Lorraine Duvall says:

    Why is this considered a pilot? Tom Both started this shuttle system years ago when he was Keene Town Supervisor.

  4. Scott says:

    By the time this has a chance to be operational this year (if it has a chance at all), it’ll be mid-August – far too late to be useful this year, and finding drivers and stewards to sign up for a one or two month job is laughable.

  5. Zephyr says:

    Is this a different “pilot” shuttle than the Garden shuttle listed in the job description? “The shuttle is a 15-person van and it runs from the Marcy Field parking lot to the Garden trailhead.” One thing you can say about DEC communications is that they are consistent–consistently confusing.

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