Spring brings reduced hours for Ride Glenwood’s service
Ride Glenwood Springs, the city’s free local bus system, will soon be reducing hours to its service. This will be the first time in almost six years that the city has had to cut back from the current level of bus service. The reduction to Ride Glenwood’s operating hours is due to the decline of sales tax revenue and city of Glenwood Springs implementing its recommendations from the newly adopted 5-year Transit Operations Plan (TOP), a five-year operations plan for Ride Glenwood Springs bus system.The city conducted this plan with the primary goal of providing a tool to be used in daily operations by the city to meet the immediate and future needs of all members of our community over the next five years.However, the plan mainly focuses on the significant shortfall in the 2011 transit budget due to the decline of sales tax revenue and recommendations to offset the deficit by eliminating the South Glenwood Route and reducing three service hours per day off the Main Route. The study also included a comprehensive assessment of whether to reinstitute a fare, and the relationships between various fare levels. Even the fare analysis demonstrated that implementing a fare up to $1 would not generate enough revenue to continue funding the South Route or make a significant impact to the Main Route. Ride Glenwood’s new spring schedule will begin Saturday, April 16, with three less service hours per day. The eliminated hours are: the 5:53 a.m. run, which is the first run in the morning; and the last three evening runs, which consist of the 7:23 p.m., 7:53 p.m. and the 8:53 p.m. runs. On the positive side, a 7:23 a.m. run will be added to the schedule. This will allow Ride Glenwood to obtain a consistent 30-minute frequency during service hours. Ride Glenwood’s new spring bus schedule will now operate from 6:53 a.m. to 6:53 p.m. with 30-minute service. These reductions in service hours will not affect Ride Glenwood’s current route. Ride Glenwood will maintain its same route. The city has already been notifying passengers by posting signs on buses and at bus stops throughout town so people will be informed of the upcoming changes and so they will be prepared for other transportation options. To review the city’s 5-Year Transit Operations Plan (TOP), visit the city of Glenwood Springs’ website at http://www.cogs.us under Transportation. For questions or additional information regarding Ride Glenwood bus system, contact the city of Glenwood Springs Transportation Manager Sabrina Harris at 384-6437 or by e-mail at Sabrina.firstname.lastname@example.org. Sabrina Harris is transportation manager for the city of Glenwood Springs.
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