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Ride schedule to be cut and dried

Greg Mass

Ride Glenwood Springs bus customers should soon know who’s on the bus and who will be passed by. A new route and schedule for Ride Glenwood Springs likely will be decided Thursday by the Glenwood Springs City Council. At a work session on May 2, the council looked at several options for a new route to serve the Glenwood Springs Community Center and more evenly distribute service around the city.Although council agreed on one route option, a test run revealed that it took more than the one-hour time allotment, so it was scrapped. That left two other preferred routes.The first option would switch one of the two buses to a new route to serve the Municipal Operations Center and Community Center on West Midland Avenue, Red Mountain Drive, the new City Hall and Garfield County offices on Eighth Street, then duck under Grand Avenue on Seventh Street to serve the Amtrak station.The bus would then travel south on Blake Avenue to 20th or 23rd Street before turning back onto Grand Avenue to hit Wal-Mart and serve south Midland Avenue to Glenwood Park and Mountain Valley. The other preferred alternative is very similar, except it only travels on Blake Avenue between Seventh and Ninth streets, heading south on Grand Avenue the rest of the way to Wal-Mart. “They’re both very close,” city transportation consultant Shelley Kaup said. “There could be advantages to serving Blake. It serves two apartment complexes, the library, it’s close to CMC and City Market, and it would serve the hospital.”One disadvantage is that some residents of Blake Avenue have expressed concern about the bus running down their street, Kaup said. Council has to make a decision tonight in order to implement the service by the target date of June 9.”Hopefully we’ll get a decision,” Kaup said. Also on the agenda:-Council will consider the master plan for the redevelopment of Valley View Hospital. The Planning and Zoning Commission already has voted to approve recommendation of the plan to council. -Council was scheduled to consider the annexation of Wulfsohn Ranch, a.k.a. Glenwood Meadows, but the item was taken off the agenda because the Meadows people weren’t yet ready.-Council will receive an update on the status of the Downtown Development Authority’s downtown parking planning process. -A preliminary plan to prepare for a drought will be shown to council, informing them of what they can and cannot do in regards to imposing water conservation measures. -City attorney Teresa Williams will update council on her progress with the development of a noise abatement ordinance. -Plans for the tennis bubble will be discussed. The meeting is in City Hall at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.


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