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RFTA taking a new route

With two new bus stops and a new park-and-ride planned for the Glenwood Meadows area, big route changes are in store for the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority.

No details have been finalized yet, but RFTA plans to open the new park-and-ride and bus stops on Wulfsohn Road by Thanksgiving, said RFTA chief Dan Blankenship. The bus stops will serve Meadows and will be placed on both sides of Wulfsohn Road in front of Target.

The park-and-ride, which will be adjacent to Wulfsohn Road on the west end of Meadows, will offer bus service to both Aspen and Rifle, he said. Buses will likely be routed via Eighth Street, Midland Avenue and Wulfsohn Road to reach Meadows.

But to accommodate the new route, RFTA may have to cancel its service along U.S. Highway 6 between Sixth Street and West Glenwood, because “there’s not time to do everything,” Blankenship said.

The possible canceled route would affect riders who use RFTA after 7 p.m. when Ride Glenwood runs its last bus of the day. The Ride Glenwood routes may not be affected. Details of the changes will likely be available within two weeks, Blankenship said.

“We are currently coordinating with the city of Glenwood Springs to determine what the routing is going to be for RFTA buses and Rifle and Glenwood Springs buses,” he said, adding that RFTA is working with the city to find a way to accommodate bus riders who live near Glenwood Mall.

RFTA will soon host a public meeting to announce possible bus-routing changes and gather community input about them. No date for the meeting has been set, Blankenship said.

Riders will also notice a 10 percent fare increase on RFTA buses beginning Thanksgiving Day.

“Most people recognize that fuel costs have gone up substantially,” Blankenship said. “They know it’s affecting the price of everything they purchase.”

A spokesman for the city of Glenwood Springs could not be reached for comment about how Ride Glenwood would be affected.

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