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Grand Hogback changing times to meet the needs of riders

Cathy TuttleSpecial to the Post Independent

RFTA’s Grand Hogback, Rifle to Glenwood Springs, altered eastbound bus service starting Sunday in response to customer requests.Grand Hogback’s eastbound 7:06 a.m. trip moves up 10 minutes to 6:56 a.m. This change allows people to get to work on time at 8 a.m. The eastbound 3:56 p.m. trip moves up 5 minutes to 3:51 p.m. This change provides time for the westbound 4:57 p.m. trip to leave on time.Revised public schedules are now available and new the service became effective July 13. For additional questions, please call 928-8272. RFTA has received requests for additional service to fill the three- to four-hour gaps between present trips, but it will take time and additional funding to increase service.RFTA’s Grand Hogback service began in April 2002. Ridership has almost doubled in a year’s time.

On Thursday, July 10, the second annual TRY Another Way Day was hosted in Glenwood Springs to promote Riding RFTA, Ride Glenwood, biking, walking, carpooling and vanpooling. Over 300 participants enjoyed the picnic-style setting with a barbecue buffet prepared by Phil Long of Lafarge and music by Big Daddy Lee and the Kingbees. Alternative Transportation gift bags were given out, and information was displayed for the 2003 Grand Avenue water-main replacement project and the 2004 Grand Avenue Paving Project.The city’s engineering staff of Melissa Laeser, Sabrina Harris, Steve Vanderleest and King Lloyd made sure the event ran smoothly. Thanks to TRY Another Way Day sponsors: The city of Glenwood Springs, RFTA, CDOT, LaFarge, Holcim Cement, SGM, Colorado Mountain Express, KSNO, KMTS, Glenwood Springs Post Independent, Rifle Citizen Telegram, American Concrete Paving Association and the Valley Journal.

Construction activity is expected to resume this week at the intersection of Midland Avenue and Four Mile Road. Contractors will be restoring pavement and shoulders. Expect minor delays. The intersection will remain a three-way stop until construction is complete.-Curb and gutter will be installed on the 1800 block of Blake Avenue and on nearby 19th Street in conjunction with the St. Stephen’s Church construction. No roadside parking until the project is completed.-Waterline and street reconstruction has begun on the north end of Walz Avenue and is moving south. Local traffic only in the construction area. Water outages will be announced with door hangers in advance. The project will be completed by the end of August.-The Grand Avenue Pedestrian Bridge will undergo a two-week surface repair and refinishing of the deck. The bridge will remain open at all times, but at half its normal width. Bicyclists, please walk your bike past the work area.-CDOT will be chip-sealing I-70 between Glenwood Springs and Canyon Creek Monday through Thursday. Expect delays.Cathy Tuttle is the RFTA/City of Glenwood Transportation Marketing Alliance consultant. Information: 384-6437, or e-mail try@ci.glenwood-springs.co.us. This column will appear every Monday to explain how each person in our community can make a difference in our quality of life. Transportation Responsibility & You – one day at a time, one trip at a time!


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