New route may be on the road to failure
RA new Ride Glenwood Springs bus route was approved Thursday, but some say it’s destined to fail. Two options were put in front of the Glenwood Springs City Council on Thursday night, but the council decided to reject both and approve another route. City Council requested a route change to serve the Community Center and Municipal Operations Center on Midland Avenue, while still serving other heavily traveled parts of the city.In the plan approved Thursday, one of the two buses would run along the already-existing route in West Glenwood, while the other would run along West Midland Avenue past the Community Center and enter downtown on Seventh Street.From there, it would head uptown on Blake and Grand avenues.Some Blake Avenue residents complained about a proposed route that would head south on Blake from Seventh Avenue to 23rd Avenue, sending 30 buses through their neighborhood each day. “It seems a little unfair that we again would be bearing the brunt of Glenwood’s transportation problems,” Blake Avenue resident Diane Reynolds said. Councilman Don Gillespie proposed having the bus run down Blake between Seventh and Ninth avenues, get back on Grand Avenue until 14th Street, cut up to Blake and travel along it until 20th Street, where it would rejoin the old route, heading to the Roaring Fork Marketplace past Wal-Mart and down south Midland Avenue. That route has already been tested by the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority, which found it couldn’t be run within the allowable one-hour time limit, traffic consultant Shelley Kaup said.”It’s as if you’re planning this route to fail,” Councilman Dan Richardson said to Gillespie. “If we have to adjust it, we will. Let’s just do it,” Gillespie said. While it is not yet known what adjustments could be made to shave off the approximately five minutes needed to make the route run on time, skipping a proposed new extension to Cardiff Glen was one suggestion. Another Blake Avenue resident, Resa Hayes, gave her input on the decision. “It probably won’t work, but what I like is that they listened to the people of Glenwood Springs.” The new route will begin June 9. In other business, City Council:-Told parks and recreation director Dan Rodgerson to look at placing the newly-purchased tennis bubble next to the ice rink behind the Community Center. -Approved the master plan, zone changes and major development permit for the redevelopment of Valley View Hospital.-Discussed a drought preparation plan, and planned to study the situation more closely during council’s next meeting on June 6.
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