Midland needs bus service
The Glenwood Springs City Council is about to consider changing the city’s bus route to provide service to the new Community Center. Although I have serious reservations about decreasing service to south Glenwood Springs, I very much support the goal of providing bus service to the Community Center.
I also hope the council will take this opportunity to extend bus service to the Red Mountain and adjoining neighborhoods along Midland Avenue. Currently the closest bus stop to these neighborhoods is a mile or more away, making it difficult for many city residents to use the service.
The Midland corridor not only contains numerous single-family homes, but a large mobile-home park and two large townhome complexes in the cluster of development emerging at Midland and 27th. Another large apartment complex may well be developed there at the current racquet club site. There also are numerous residents of multi-family homes and apartments in the Cowdin neighborhood, north of Eighth Street, who would benefit from access to bus services.
Traffic along Midland is becoming increasingly congested, and will only become more so as the new dwellings at 27th Street are occupied and as development starts within Glenwood Meadows. Access to bus service could help minimize future traffic congestion along this important corridor.
Even one bus in the morning and one in the evening would be extremely useful, offering an alternative to commuters who currently must use their cars. That commuting function would be further enhanced by linking the Midland route to RFTA’s bus stops along Grand Avenue for upvalley commuters, and to the West Glenwood Mall, allowing downvalley connections to the new Rifle route. Ideally, stops along Midland would be located at Veltus Park (where there’s access to bathrooms and a phone) and near the 27th Street intersection.
A few Midland Avenue bus stops could greatly improve the quality of life for residents of this part of town, and for the many other commuters who use this route.
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