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Alternative commuting is the way to go this winter

Melissa Laeser,Transportation Manager

Do the snow and winter driving conditions hinder your daily commute? Are you driving alone and feel you need to make your commute safer, easier and less stressful? Try ridesharing and take cars off the roads. Riding the bus is safer and easier than driving alone in winter conditions. You can travel from Rifle to Aspen and all points in between during the snowy months. RFTA will get you to work on time and with no stress. Sure, you might have to wait at the bus stop, but so do other friendly commuters who already know the benefits of transit. Mary Cranor, a Valley View Hospital employee, says, “Since I’ve been riding the bus for approximately three years now, when I have to drive I miss riding the bus because it allows me time to read and lets me wind down from my day.”If you need to drive, share a ride with someone. Sharing a ride can save on transportation costs and provides you with company during your commute. A’lissa Gerum, a city of Glenwood Springs employee who carpools from Carbondale says, “Carpooling allows you to get to know people really well and is more flexible than the bus.” Gerum also carpooled when she lived in California and is happy that carpooling is such a viable option in the Roaring Fork Valley.Denise Driscoll is a Glenwood Springs resident and avid alternative transportation user for her commute to Aspen everyday. She sees the benefits to ride-sharing and splits her commutes between carpooling and riding RFTA. For non-commute trips, Driscoll would like to encourage people to walk in the fresh snow for small trips to the grocery store or other errands. She says, “If people are only picking up a few things I would highly recommend walking. The air is so fresh during these cool evenings, and everything looks so pretty covered in snow.”Any trip you make without your car is a benefit to you and our community. Try walking to your destination and enjoy the holiday season or try using the bus or carpooling to work, even if it is just one day a week. 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. You can also qualify to receive free bus passes – call 384-6437 for more information. For information about the city’s active transportation system and alternative transportation choices, please log onto http://www.ci.glenwood-springs.co.us, email try@ci.glenwood-springs.co.us or call 384-6437.Construction UpdatesThere are no construction updates in Glenwood Springs for Dec. 8-22.


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