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Sabrina Harris

We all spend too much money this time of the year. With presents to buy, travel to arrange and parties to throw. Managing the cost of the holidays is enough to turn even the jolliest elf into a Scrooge. This year, save money during the holidays, ride the bus!

By taking the bus or walking to your shopping destination, you can save enough money from your transportation expenses that you will be able to extend your shopping list for the holidays.

Riding the bus is most efficient and readily available source of transportation. It’s safer and easier than driving alone. From Rifle to Aspen and all points in between, RFTA will get you to work on time and with no stress. Riding the bus allows time for you to read and lets you wind down from a busy day.

Take your bike instead of your vehicle. This gives your vehicle 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 $5.00.

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 such a viable option in the Roaring Fork Valley.

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 around town. Commute to Glenwood Springs by carpool. All small changes in travel behavior can make a big difference in congestion and your pocketbook.

This year, celebrate the holidays by spending less on transportation. Any trip made without your car is a benefit to you and our community. Enjoy the holiday season by walking or biking to your destination. Try using the bus or carpooling to work, even if it is just one day a week. They are all cost effective, and easily accessible. Need assistance? No problem! I can help you find people to carpool with, and can connect you with friendly people who are happy to show “first-timers” how to use the bus.

For information about alternative transportation, bus schedules, where to find local trail maps or other transportation options, please call 384-6437 or email try@cogs.us .

SOUTH GLENWOOD ROUTE: Effective Friday December 6, 2009, the Hangar Lane (northbound) and Terraces (southbound) bus stop will be moved to their new locations on the south-leg of the Midland Avenue Roundabout. For additional information or questions, please call 384-6437.

GAPP II OPEN HOUSE: CDOT and the City of Glenwood Springs invite the public to attend an open house regarding the second phase of the HWY 82/Grand Avenue paving project. The meeting will take place on Wednesday December 2 from 3:30-6:30 in an open house format. Drop by the Glenwood Spring’s City Council Chambers meeting room at 101 West 8th Street (next to the County Courthouse) to learn more about the 2010 reconstruction of Grand Avenue that will involve concrete paving from Sayre Park to 24th Street.

RFTA News: Effective December 1, 2009 RFTA monthly and zone pass prices will be increase by 10%. Call 925-8484 for current prices. New Winter Bus Schedules available: For specific information on your route or questions, Call 925-8484 or visit http://www.rfta.com

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