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A guaranteed ride home

Transportation, Responsibility & YouSabrina HarrisGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Post Independent Photo/Kelley Cox

Riding transit, carpooling, vanpooling, walking and bicycling are transportation choices provided to people to better our quality of life. People have said to me, “I would ride transit, but how would I get home in case of an emergency?” I have the solution! It’s a part of the city’s Transportation Demand Management (TDM) program called Guaranteed Ride Home.The TDM program provides this benefit to its Commuter Club members and to the city’s larger employers. The overall goals are to reduce the number of cars traveling and parking in Glenwood Springs and allowing people to have more transportation choices. Guaranteed Ride Home programs provide an occasional subsidized ride to commuters who use alternative modes – for example, if a bus rider must return home in an emergency, or a carpooler must stay at work later than expected. Employees will be able to use company vehicles, local taxi companies or a rental car agency when they require an emergency ride.Commuter Club members and employees will be able to get full reimbursement for their “emergency” transportation needs. The city is trying to make the program as easy as possible to accomplish its goals: reducing congestion, providing a pleasant place to work and live, and enhancing our quality of life. Everyone benefits when people are using alternative modes of transportation and do not have to worry about getting home when an emergency or unplanned event happens. Employees and employers benefit because it makes for a better work environment. Glenwood Springs benefits because more people are using alternative modes of transportation and further reducing the number of single-occupancy vehicles.For additional information about the Guaranteed Ride Home program, alternative transportation, Commuter Club or other transportation issues, please call 384-6437, e-mail try@ci.glenwood-springs.co.us or visit http://www.ci.glenwood-springs.co.us and click on Transportation for more information.

Martinez Western Constructors have started the Donegan Road Reconstruction Project. The project began at the intersection of Soccer Field Road and will continue east near the intersection of Cedar Crest Drive. One lane of traffic will remain open at all times. There will be no on-street parking allowed during construction. The contractor, by city ordinance, is allowed working hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Weather permitting we hope to have the first phase of this project completed by September 2007. If you have any questions you may contact the Engineering Department at 384-6435 and ask for King Lloyd.Sabrina Harris is transportation manager for the city of Glenwood.

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