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Save money: Get rid of your car

Sabrina HarrisPost IndependentGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
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During today’s tough economic times, people are searching for ways to reduce their expenses and save money. However, we have become so accustomed to using cars to get around, that we have forgotten that there are other forms of transportation. If you are looking to cut costs and save money, think differently about how you spend your money and how you get around. Don’t drive if you can walk. Don’t make four trips in your car when you can combine it into one. Use the bus to get to work or around town.Riding the bus provides a safe and affordable way for individuals and families to cut costs and saves you a bundle. It is the most efficient and readily available source of transportation. It’s safer and easier than driving alone. Plus, riding the bus allows time for you to read and lets you wind down from a busy day.According to the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), individuals who ride public transportation can save on average $9,343 annually based on the July 7, 2010, national average gas price of $2.72 and the national unreserved monthly parking rate. On a per month basis, transit riders can save on average $779 per month. If you can walk or bike to where you need to go, try it. Take your bike instead of your vehicle. It gives your vehicle a rest and gives you exercise. Riding a bike is free and a healthy alternative when trying to save on fuel. It will cost you nothing to go the same distance that usually costs you $5.If you need to drive, share a ride with someone. It’s an effective solution to high fuel prices. Ride with co-workers who are going to the same location, instead of wasting your own fuel. Sharing a ride can save on transportation costs, and provides you with company during your commute. Carpooling is more flexible than the bus and is a viable option in the Roaring Fork Valley. Do you need a carpool, walking or cycling partner? Try our new full-service transportation website CommuterConnect.net. It provides you with all your transportation information in one easy place. Commuter Connect offers a number of new benefits such as locating bus routes, park-and-rides and trails near you; creating a commuting page for your business; and receiving transportation alerts via e-mail, text message or phone. It has all of the tools you need to make your travel faster, cheaper and cleaner. Check it out. For RFTA and Ride Glenwood bus schedules, purchasing RFTA bus passes or other alternative transportation options, call 384-6437 or e-mail try@ci.glenwood-springs.co. us. Bus schedules and maps are also available by visiting http://www.rfta.com or http://www.rideglenwood.com.

Midland Avenue is open entirely in both directions. Eighth Street and Midland Avenue: The Eighth Street Bridge will remain closed until Aug. 20, but the sidewalk from downtown to the Community Center will remain open throughout the construction project with a section of the path on Eighth Street being gravel. RFTA buses have been rerouted until the end of this project. For more information on routes and schedules or for the latest update on Glenwood Springs’ road construction, visit the city’s website link at http://www.cogs.us. For additional information, please contact the city of Glenwood Springs’ Engineering Department at (970) 384-6435. The city of Glenwood Springs and the contractor GMCO are chip sealing this week. The chip seal schedule is being extended by one day due to weather earlier in the week. The fog seal that was scheduled on Thursday, Aug. 12, will take place on Friday, Aug. 13. This includes Mount Sopris Drive, 13th Street, 11th Street, 12th Street, and Greenway Drive. The contractor GMCO and the city of Glenwood Springs would like to thank you for your patience.Donegan Road: Donegan Road will continue to be closed to through traffic between Vista Drive and Sunny Acres Road. Residents between those closed sections do have access one way in and out. The road should be open to through traffic again by Oct. 1. Martinez Western, Gould Construction and city of Glenwood Springs thank you for your patience. Sabrina Harris is transportation manager for the city of Glenwood Springs.


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