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Bus route change will result in service to Community Center

Ride Glenwood Springs bus service to Glenwood Park could be cut in half to accommodate patrons of the Community Center. The proposed plan, to be considered by the Glenwood Springs City Council on Thursday, also seeks to shift the Ride Glenwood Springs schedule to stagger the city bus and Roaring Fork Transportation bus schedules.City engineer Larry Thompson and transportation consultants Shelley Kaup and Cathy Tuttle propose to cut Ride Glenwood Springs bus service – which runs from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily – from half-hourly to hourly on the Midland Avenue leg south of 27th Street.”City Council has indirectly asked us to see what we can do to provide service to the Community Center,” Thompson said. “Our proposal is to cut service south of 27th Street so we can substitute some service to the Community Center.”The conundrum facing Thompson was how to satisfy this request while keeping with the existing budget. He found reducing service to areas including Glenwood Park and Mountain Valley Development Services to be the most efficient way. If the new plan is approved, stops that formerly were on south Midland will stop at the Community Center, giving each area hourly service. “Part of it is based on ridership,” Thompson said of the South Midland leg. “It’s smaller in general than the route that follows (Highway) 82 and (Highway) 6.”Also, it’s a diversion point off the main route and would be the easiest to cut, he said.Another part of the proposal would stagger RFTA buses and Ride Glenwood Springs buses. “We’re preparing to adjust the times on the schedule so our buses work better with RFTA buses than under the current schedule,” Thompson said.As the schedule now stands, RFTA and Ride buses travel one behind the other much of the time. In the new proposal, riders will have more chances to catch different buses. Also on the agenda: -The base year for the Downtown Development Authority’s tax increment financing could be set by City Council. In a resolution to be considered by the council, the DDA will receive 50 percent of the sales tax increase within the DDA’s boundaries, over and above the sales taxes gathered in the year prior to Feb. 28, 2002. It would not include property taxes. The TIF will remain this way for two years, when City Council can review it and make any changes it deems necessary.-The possible relocation of the downtown Fire Station No. 2 will be discussed. Council will look at options such as moving the station into the old Municipal Operations Center in the railroad wye area; moving it to the Ninth Street and Cooper Avenue parking lot; and building a new station where station No. 2 now sits, at Eighth Street and Cooper Avenue. City manager Mike Copp said the location of the fire station affects many other projects city leaders are trying to push forward, such as the proposed parking lot at the wye area, the reconstruction of Eighth Street and the building schedule for the new City Hall.”At the council meeting I will make a further presentation as to the reasons that we need to keep the fire station either at its current site or possibly on the Ninth and Cooper parking lot site,” Copp wrote. Council also will have information on the possible locations of a parking structure, another factor that could be affected by a relocation of the fire station. Two possible locations for the structure are at the old MOC and at the west Hot Springs Pool parking lot between Sixth Street and Interstate 70 just west of Grand Avenue. -Council will consider an ordinance that prohibits vehicle trespass on private parking lots located within the city. The ordinance will allow police to give parking tickets to cars parked illegally in private lots. -The council will consider an ordinance regulating the use of the city rafting ramp at Two Rivers Park. It would force rafting companies to obtain a permit from the city before unloading people and equipment at the ramp. The permits would cost $100 and be good for one year, expiring on Dec. 31. In addition, each permittee would be required to keep a daily count of the number of passengers loaded on or off the ramp each day. Each customer loaded or unloaded would cost the guide service $2 (guides not included), and 50 cents for each customer for use of the pavilion and picnic facilities at Two Rivers Park and Horseshoe Bend Park. One of every two dollars of the ramp fee and the 50-cent pavilion/park charge will go toward the city’s conservation trust fund.

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