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Save money and ride the bus

Sabrina HarrisPost IndependentGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
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America’s public transportation systems are a vital part of everyday life, whether you live in a small or large community. They provide people with access to jobs and school, support local businesses, reduce commuting costs and traffic congestion and reduce daily carbon emissions. During today’s tough economic times, people are searching for ways to reduce their expenses and save money. You can save money by switching from driving to riding public transportation. It is a proven way for individuals to cut monthly and yearly transportation costs now, while also reducing their carbon footprint. According to the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), riding public transportation on the average saves individuals $9,581 annually and up to $798 per month based on the Dec. 7, 2010, average national gas price of $2.96 per gallon, reported by AAA. This monthly savings is up 3.5 percent compared to last year. Did you know that Aspen, Glenwood Springs and Snowmass Village all offer free transit within their communities? By using free transit, you can save even more money. Jump aboard our free buses. Take a free tour of Aspen by hopping on one of their eight free bus routes. Buses between Aspen and the Aspen-Pitkin County Airport are free. Bus service between Aspen and Snowmass Village is also free. In Glenwood Springs, our free Ride Glenwood buses operate daily with 30 minute frequency from approximately 6 a.m. until 10 p.m., making it more convenient than ever to get around town. In Snowmass Village, the Village Shuttle services eight routes throughout Snowmass Village all season long. Also, the RFTA Skier Shuttle runs every 10-15 minutes from Rubey Park in Aspen. Shuttles run from Snowmass to Aspen from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.For those of you who commute from Aspen or Rifle, ride RFTA. The Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA) provides safe, convenient service throughout the region including Aspen, Snowmass Village, Basalt, El Jebel, Carbondale, Glenwood Springs and Rifle. RFTA currently operates a fleet of more than 82 vehicles and carried 4.4 million passengers in 2007. RFTA uses biodiesel fuel in all of its fleet of diesel power vehicles including their hybrid buses. Save money while helping out the local economy and environment. Ride the bus. All local and regional public transportation systems are perfect for commuting and noncommuting trips. It is convenient, affordable and less stressful. You never have to find a parking place, and you’ll always be on time. Thanks to those who do – you are saving yourself money, reducing stress and improving quality of life for everyone in our valley.For additional information on local and regional bus routes and schedules, visit http://www.rfta.com or call 925-8484. Sabrina Harris is transportation manager for the city of Glenwood Springs.


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