Car-pooling eases commute |

Car-pooling eases commute

Larry Thompson and Sabrina HarrisSpecial to the Post Independent

Car-poolers unite! On May 5, Communities in Motion is hosting Carpool Patrol, rewarding car-poolers in the valley for sharing rides.If you carpool to or through Glenwood Springs, drive through the Rite Aid parking lot and receive a free cup of coffee from the Xpresso drive-through cafe. You will also receive other gifts and information to assist in your daily commute.Interested in carpooling? Drive through Rite Aid and sign up for free carpool matching. Communities in Motion can match you with other commuters from Rifle to Aspen interested in carpooling. The cost of gas is at its all-time high. Carpooling can save you thousands. Use your money for the things that matter, not for the gas to be in your car by yourself. Sharing a ride with one other person can save you $2,000 per year in commute costs. Plus, sharing a ride will reduce stress.Carpooling is more flexible than riding the bus. Schedules are set with your carpool partners and not by the transit providers. You can meet your schedule needs if you carpool.Still not convinced carpooling is for you? Communities in Motion also provides a guaranteed ride home to those who use alternative transportation for commuting. If you have an unplanned event or an emergency, the guaranteed ride home program will pay for your transportation home in time of need. We have thought of everything – there is no excuse why you are not sharing rides today.Stop by Carpool Patrol at the Rite Aid parking lot on May 5 and be rewarded for carpooling. If you have questions about Carpool Patrol, alternative transportation, Commuter Club or other transportation issues, please call 384-6437, e-mail or visit and click on “Transportation” for more information.Construction updatesThe GAPP project is mostly complete. Final striping is under way, requiring lane restrictions and lane shifts periodically. Manhole replacement and utility work on Grand Avenue between 22nd Street and South Hyland Park Drive is nearing completion. Lanes may be reduced to one lane in each direction at times. The 20th Street intersection is scheduled to be closed for several days for concrete replacement. All business accesses will remain open. Southbound Ride Glenwood Springs buses will be diverted to 23rd Street for several days, with no RGS service at the Safeway bus stop.Virginia Road street reconstruction is continuing. The road will remain open to local traffic with no on-street parking. Project completion is scheduled for the end of May.Water main replacement in 23rd Street between Bennett and Palmer has begun and is scheduled to continue for about one month. The street will remain open for local traffic, but watch for construction crews and flaggers.

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