New Ride route to service Community Center, Amtrak
Ride Glenwood Springs is taking a cue from the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority subway system by creating a blue line and an orange line. The colors were chosen to differentiate a new route that serves the Community Center from the old route, which runs up and down the city’s main thoroughfares. “That way we hope people become familiar with the routes by color,” said Shelley Kaup, a transportation engineer with Kaup/Tuttle LLC who consults for the city. Another change is the reciprocity of bus tickets between Ride Glenwood Springs to Roaring Fork Transportation Authority buses.Punch passes and photo passes will be accepted on all buses.The new blue line/orange line schedule takes effect Sunday, and city transportation officials hope it will make the bus a more convenient way to get around. The original blue route will remain the same, starting at the Glenwood Springs Mall, traveling east on Highway 6 & 24, then heading south on Grand Avenue to the Roaring Fork Marketplace before running down Midland Avenue to Glenwood Park.But the new orange route is quite different. It also begins at the mall, but from there it travels into downtown via West Midland Avenue, takes a left onto Seventh Street, makes a stop at the new city/county annex, and ducks under Grand Avenue to a stop at the the Amtrak station. From there, the bus will head south to Ninth Street, go over to Grand Avenue and travel south to 14th Street. There it will cut up to Blake Avenue and travel along it until 20th Street, where it will rejoin the Grand Avenue route, heading to the Roaring Fork Marketplace past Wal-Mart and then toward residential subdivisions off south Midland Avenue.The orange and blue lines will retrace their routes in the opposite direction.They’ll be offset by a half hour. The Glenwood Springs City Council asked for a new route to serve the Community Center and Municipal Operations Center on Midland Avenue, while still serving other heavily traveled parts of the city. “The main change is hourly service to the Community Center,” Kaup said.Adding the orange line will reduce service between the Hot Springs Pool and Soccer Field Road in West Glenwood to once an hour in each direction.But while it is different, Kaup pointed out that the new route still makes stops at some of its most popular destinations, such as Safeway, Wal-Mart and the mall. It costs $1 to hop on the bus for a one-way ride. But for those who want to be able to ride all day, $2 will buy a pass that can be used on any Ride Glenwood Springs bus, as well as any RFTA bus within Glenwood Springs city limits. “That way it just makes more of a seamless system,” Kaup said. A transfer ticket will be given to anyone who buys a Ride day pass. It can also be requested from a RFTA driver for anyone who takes the bus into Glenwood Springs and wants to ride on Ride. “That, we feel, is a good improvement,” Kaup said. Other offers being made in the first week of the new service include free bus fare for Ride Glenwood Springs on Thursday, July 11, in celebration of Find Another Way Day. Also, anyone who rides Ride Glenwood Springs to the Community Center on Sunday will get into the center free. For more information on Ride Glenwood Springs, call 928-6027.
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