Ride cut short
In a move its supporters called a fiscal necessity but that angered residents of south Glenwood Springs, City Council Thursday night cut back the coverage area of the in-town bus while boosting service frequency.In a move its supporters called a fiscal necessity but that angered residents of south Glenwood Springs, City Council Thursday night cut back the coverage area of the in-town bus while boosting service frequency.Voting 4-2, council also made bus service free, in hopes of getting more ridership for the city’s investment in Ride Glenwood Springs.Amid catcalls from residents of south Glenwood Springs at City Hall, council member Chris McGovern said cutting one mile of service would allow for a 50 percent increase in service in the rest of the places that buses run. The new plan will have buses travel every 20 minutes along the city’s main transportation corridors.The move ends service to areas such as Cardiff Glen and Glenwood Park.Said council member Dave Merritt, “This is not fair. This is a slap in the face to 20 percent of the community. It’s creating a sacrifice zone with Glenwood Park so we can balance the budget on their backs.”Council member Larry Beckwith agreed with Merritt. He unsuccessfully sought to have council consider a plan he said would have maintained service as far south as Cardiff Glen while addressing the service’s budget overruns.Mayor Larry Emery and council members Joe O’Donnell and Bruce Christensen sided with McGovern. Emery said the bus service already fails to reach other parts of town, and some kind of cost-cutting was necessary.”No matter what we do, we’re doing something that’s going to cut service to somebody,” he said.It also voted to explore spending $10,000 to contract for service with Colorado Mountain College’s Traveler program, which serves the elderly and disabled in Garfield County on an on-request basis during daytime hours, Monday through Friday. Several clients of Mountain Valley Developmental Services in south Glenwood currently use Ride Glenwood Springs.”Please don’t take this bus stop away,” client Reginald Jaramillo had pleaded with council before it voted to do so.”Please don’t take this bus stop away,” client Reginald Jaramillo had pleaded with council before it voted to do so.
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