RFTA is there for you; be there for RFTA
It’s hard to imagine our region without RFTA.Roaring Fork Transportation Authority buses are seemingly everywhere, transporting 3.5 million bus riders per year. Each day people eliminate 2,700 vehicle trips on Highway 82 by riding RFTA instead. And RFTA transports nearly 50,000 people per year along the Hogback route on Interstate 70 to as far away as Rifle.RFTA provides a vital service in getting people to work and customers to businesses. It provides an alternative to people who can’t afford cars or prefer to save gas money, help the environment and reduce traffic by riding the bus. But RFTA is struggling these days, a victim of lagging sales tax revenues due to the economic slowdown of the last few years.Local voters face a host of decisions involving RFTA this fall. Current RFTA members, including Glenwood Springs, Carbondale, Basalt, the Eagle County portion of the Roaring Fork Valley, and Pitkin County, are being asked to give more money to RFTA. Meanwhile, the towns of Silt and New Castle, and residents of unincorporated Garfield County (all those residents outside municipal limits) are being given the chance to join RFTA and help contribute to the tax base of an organization that benefits us all, even if we don’t ride RFTA.We urge all voters to support an entity that adds greatly to our region’s economy and quality of life. Mass transit can’t get by on fares alone. It requires taxpayer support. But it’s worth every penny in RFTA’s case.When you vote this fall, vote yes for RFTA. And if you need to, feel free to catch a bus to your local polling place. RFTA is there for you; be there for RFTA when you cast your ballot.When you vote this fall, vote yes for RFTA. And if you need to, feel free to catch a bus to your local polling place. RFTA is there for you; be there for RFTA when you cast your ballot.
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