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Public transportation can solve many of our country’s problems

Sabrina HarrisPost IndependentGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
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You may not realize it, but using public transportation is the solution to our nation’s economic, energy and environmental challenges. It is a $48.4 billion industry that employs more than 380,000 people. Riding the bus helps protect the environment, reduces stress and congestion, creates jobs and helps America become more energy independent. America’s public transportation systems are a vital part of everyday life, whether you live in a small or large community. It provides crucial services to local business and economic centers, allows greater access to schools and doctors, and connects neighbors to each other. Last year, Americans took 10.2 billion trips on public transportation. All it takes is one person switching to public transit to reduce daily carbon emissions by 20 pounds, or more than 4,800 pounds in a year. It’s a great way to get to work, and it’s easy and more convenient than ever with our extended service hours. RFTA provides half-hour service throughout the Roaring Fork Valley during the extended commuter hours. For significant portions of the day, valley buses are running every 30 minutes from Glenwood to communities, both up- and downvalley, from Rifle to Aspen and Snowmass. Ride Glenwood Springs operates daily from approximately 6 a.m. until 10 p.m., making it more convenient to get around town.Do your part in helping out the local economy and environment – ride the bus. Both local and regional public transportation systems are perfect for commuting and noncommuting trips. It is convenient, affordable and less stressful. You never have to find a parking place, and you’ll always be on time. Thanks to those who do – you are saving yourself money, reducing your stress and improving quality of life for everyone in our valley.For RFTA and Ride Glenwood bus schedules, purchasing RFTA bus passes or other alternative transportation options, call 384-6437 or e-mail try@ci.glenwood-springs.co.us. Bus schedules/ maps are also available by visiting http://www.rfta.com or http://www.rideglenwood.com.

Eighth Street and Midland Avenue: Midland Avenue is closed southbound at the Community Center while crews work on installing two sewer force main pipes. The northbound lane is open, but some delays can be expected. From Aug. 2-20 there will be a total closure of the Eighth Street Bridge. However the sidewalk from downtown to the Community Center will remain open throughout the construction project with a section of the path on Eighth Street being gravel. Please visit the city’s website, http://www.cogs.us, for all construction updates and plan your route accordingly. For additional information, contact the city of Glenwood Springs’ Engineering Department at (970) 384-6435. The city of Glenwood Springs and its contractor, Gould Construction, will begin construction work on the second phase of the Roaring Fork Rivertrail – Atkinson Canal Segment on Aug. 2. The trail will connect from Midland Avenue at Three Mile Creek to the 27th Street at the Sunlight Bridge providing pedestrians and bicyclists a safer alternative to Midland Avenue upon completion. The work will occur over a 12-month period with completion anticipated in June 2011. The city and Gould Construction will attempt to minimize impacts during construction on residents and citizens in the immediate area to the greatest extent possible. If you have questions about the project, contact the Community Development Department at 384-6411.

Glenwood park-and-ride: Due to road construction upvalley buses (buses heading towards Aspen) will leave three minutes later than normal for the entire project until Aug. 20. Hogback buses will also have delays due to road construction.Upvalley Target: This bus stop will be closed due to road construction. You will be directed to cross the street to the other stop to catch an upvalley bus until Aug. 20.Upvalley courthouse: Closed due to road construction for entire project until Aug. 20. Use the Ninth Street stop.Downvalley courthouse: Closed due to road construction until Aug. 20. Use the Ninth Street stop.Upvalley Community Center: Closed to valley buses due to road construction for entire project until Aug. 20. Use the Target stop.RFTA and Ride Glenwood bus route changesUpvalley buses: All upvalley buses will be rerouted during the entire project. Upvalley will not be servicing the Community Center bus stop (on Wulfsohn Road) or the Garfield County Courthouse bus stop on Seventh Street. Signs will be posted at these bus stops to direct patrons to the nearest bus stop. For persons wishing to use the Community Center bus stop, use the Target bus stop (on Wulfsohn Road), and for persons wishing to use the Garfield County Courthouse bus stop on Seventh Street, use the Ninth Street bus stop. Upvalley runs will start at the downvalley at Target at :07 or :37 instead of the West Glenwood park-and-ride. Bus drivers will look around for anyone waiting for an upvalley bus at the stop across the street from Target and motion them to get on their bus. For more information, call 925-8484. Downvalley and Hogback buses: All downvalley and hogback buses will be using the Grand Avenue Bridge to Highway 6, beginning with the Sixth Street stop and proceeding to the Soccer Field Road stop, making drop-offs only. Downvalley buses will take passengers to the Kmart stop. Hogback buses will stop at the Kmart stop once they leave the Glenwood park-and-ride on the way to Rifle. Once through the roundabouts and on Midland Avenue, all buses will stop at the Community Center and Glenwood Meadows bus stops and the West Glenwood Springs park-and-ride. Ride Glenwood buses: Buses will maintain normal routing schedule and will pick up anyone at the Community Center stop wanting an upvalley bus. For additional information regarding bus schedules, call 925-8484. Sabrina Harris is transportation manager for the city of Glenwood Springs.


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