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Transportation responsibility & you

Melissa LaeserSpecial to the Post Independent

As gas prices are increasing, regional commuters should try to get to work either by carpooling or riding the bus. The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), which supplies 40 percent of the worlds oil, is planning to cut production by 1 million barrels a day starting April 1.Bryant Gimlin of Gray Oil Co., a gas and diesel distributor in Denver says, We could see some very high prices; we have been lucky we havent seen it yet. I think $2 per gallon is well in sight, and something over that is very possible.Keep in mind that there are options for your daily commute that can save you money on gas and car maintenance. Carpooling can save you over half of what is normally spent by sharing your commute with one other person. You also create less demand on the roadways by sharing a ride you lessen the traffic congestion in Glenwood Springs.Riding the bus can also help you save money on commute costs. A Grand Hogback pass from Rifle, Silt or New Castle to Glenwood Springs will cost you $78 per month. You can also buy punch passes that can save you 40 percent off the cost of paying cash to the drivers. You may qualify for a free ride home in case of an emergency or unplanned event, so riding the bus and carpooling are as convenient as driving your car. The benefits of reducing congestion in Glenwood Springs outweigh the need to drive alone to work. Carpooling and riding the bus make sense. TRY Another Way today, and keep our community in motion.For information about bus schedules, purchasing bus passes, registering to find carpool partners or other transportation options, please call 384-6437 or email try@ci.glenwood-springs.co.us.Construction UpdatesExpect some downtown parking changes to be in effect starting March 15th. The two northern rows of the lot behind the Forest Service has been converted to 2-hour parking and the lot on Colorado next to the auto glass store has been converted to 2-hour. There is a total of 47 downtown spaces being converted to 2-hour from all-day parking. All-day parkers are encouraged to park in the Old MOC lot off of 7th near the railroad tracks.Melissa Laeser is a transportation manager for the city of Glenwood Springs.


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