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RFTA running but not on time

John Colson
Post Independent staff

The Roaring Fork Valley’s bus service was “up and running” Tuesday morning in spite of a massive snowfall overnight, according to a spokesman.

Kent Blackmer, operations director at the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority, said at shortly after 9:30 a.m. that many of RFTA’s routes were running a little behind schedule.

“I think that we’re still moving, and nothing has been shut down,” Blackmer said.



He had been told by dispatchers that buses were running as much as 40-minutes late during Monday night, and that delays were still fairly common on Tuesday morning.

Operations supervisor Dave Iverson confirmed that a RFTA bus had gotten stuck on the streets of Carbondale early Tuesday, but had been towed out by a RFTA sand truck. Other than that, he said, he was not aware of any accidents or other mishaps involving buses.



Blackmer said the agency has a relatively healthy complement of drivers, noting that “we’ve been very fortunate” in terms of any impacts from the swine flu pandemic.

According to Blackmer, RFTA was prepared to bring in replacement drivers and, if necessary, reduce service to deal with absences due to the flu, but it had not happened yet.

And, he said, the agency has benefited from the return of numerous veteran drivers “who have plenty of experience in driving in heavy snows, and we’re sure glad they’re back.”

jcolson@postindependent.com


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