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January’s riding hero is Jan Burns, Garfield County Deputy Treasurer. According to the nomination letter from Georgia Chamberlain, Jan finds many benefits to riding the bus. “Jan is a regular on RFTA’s Grand Hogback. She began riding the bus between Rifle and Glenwood from the first week the trip was offered, and has been riding ever since. She takes the bus 4 days a week. “Jan was concerned about the parking congestion around the Courthouse, with the city moving close by, and the new Courthouse Plaza eating up more parking spaces. Jan also did not like the stress of the traffic and congestion caused by all the workers commuting from downvalley every day, and she never liked the winter road conditions, and driving in the dark. “Jan soon realized the bus ride had an extra bonus. Instead of making the daily drive alone, she is on the bus with a group of friends, some she already knew and others she has met on the bus. Jan loves people, and riding the bus allows her time to socialize with people she would otherwise not have the opportunity to visit with.”Jan has set a fine example for all of us, and deserves the recognition.”Jan commented that the Grand Hogback is the greatest thing that has happened to the western slope.For being January’s Riding Hero, Jan receives a free lunch, one month of free bus service and congratulations on making a difference in our community.How to nominate your favorite bus commuter or driverOnce a month in this column, we will introduce to you an individual that takes advantage of the bus service in this community or an individual who drives one of these large multi-passenger vehicles. Chosen entrants will receive a free lunch and one month of free bus service.In 25 words or less, please describe why this person should be recognized. Entrants should ride one of the Valley’s buses at least two times a week or consistently at lunch or break times. Please mail nomination forms to: TRY Alternative Transportation, City of Glenwood Springs, 101 W. 8th St., Glenwood Springs, CO 81601 or e-mail to try@ci.glenwood-springs.co.us.Cathy Tuttle is with the consulting firm of Tuttle Marketing and Communications and is the TRY/TDM manager/consultant for the city of Glenwood Springs. For additional information please call 384-6427 or e-mail to try@ci.glenwood-springs.co.us. This column will appear every Monday to explain how each person in our community can make a difference in our quality of life. Transportation Responsibility & You – one day at a time, one trip at a time!


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