RFTA replacing 20- and 40-punch passes with embossed version by September 15
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Riders who use the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority’s 20- or 40-punch passes will have to exchange their current pass for a new one.
RFTA announced last week that it would begin issuing new embossed punch passes, replacing the existing passes on Monday, Aug. 17, in Aspen. RFTA has scheduled three more days where people in Carbondale and Glenwood Springs can exchange the passes, according to RFTA Customer Service Manager Sylvia Cranmer.
Pass holders can exchange their current passes for the new pass at no additional charge in Carbondale and Glenwood Springs starting Wednesday.
Carbondale residents can receive a new pass between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. at the Carbondale Recreation Center on Wednesday. Glenwood residents can exchange their passes at the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association on Thursday, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Pass holders will also have an opportunity to exchange their passes on Wednesday, Sept. 9, from noon to 8 p.m. at the Glenwood Springs Community Center.
“We are reaching out to the public so they don’t have to go too far out of their way to get a new pass,” Cranmer said.
After Aug. 23, punch pass holders can trade in their passes in Aspen, at either Rubey Park or at the Aspen Maintenance facility at 51 Service Center Drive.
All riders will need to have a new embossed punch pass by Sept. 15. But that doesn’t mean that bus drivers will not accept the old passes after that date, Cranmer said.
“It’s not to say that you can’t ride the bus with the old passes, but we will be treating them like expired passes and will require riders to get a new one,” Cranmer said. “We know that there are going to be some of the old passes out there, but we would like to get the bulk of the passes taken care of now.”
Zone and monthly picture passes will not change, so replacement passes are not required for those passes at this time.
Passes can also be exchanged through the mail by sending an old pass to: Dina Farnell, at 51 Service Center Drive, Aspen 81611. An updated pass will be sent in the mail to the recipient.
Cranmer said the reason for the change is due to RFTA discovering some counterfeited punch passes recently. The new embossed punch passes will be more difficult for people to duplicate, she said.
“It’s not been a huge problem, one or two have come through that didn’t look right,” she said. “It was something that was brought to our attention so we thought that we would try to stay one step ahead, and update the passes now.”
Starting Sept. 7, RFTA will also increase cash fares by $1 per zone. The 20- and 40-punch passes will remain the same purchase price, but drivers will take additional punches depending on the trip.
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