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Bus is ticket to work for first Riding Hero

Cathy TuttleSpecial to the Post Independent

What does it take to ride RFTA’s Grand Hogback? Ask Yello Contreras, this column’s first Riding Hero.”I would like to nominate Yello Contreras. He works at the 19th Street Diner in Glenwood Springs six days a week and lives in Rifle. He rides the Hogback to work everyday. He has been using the bus since it started and has found it convenient for him,” commented King Lloyd, a fellow Grand Hogback commuter.”His employer appreciates him using the bus since parking in the area is a real problem for all that work or shop in that neighborhood.”Contreras works varying shifts of 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. as prep cook and dishwasher.He does not like to drive and believes it is cheaper to ride the bus and more comfortable. As for his fellow passengers, some listen to music, read newspapers or use this as quiet time and even take naps.Riding the bus gets Contreras to work on time and he does not have to worry about the weather conditions on the road or traffic problems.Nomination for Riding Heroes column The next “Riding Hero” feature will appear in the Dec. 2 Post Independent. Heroes will receive lunch for two at one of Glenwood’s fine eating establishments and a 20-punch bus pass.If you would like to nominate someone for taking an active role in decreasing congestion and pollution in our valley by riding the bus, please submit the following entry.In 25 words or less, 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 West 8th St., Glenwood Springs, CO 81601 or e-mail to try@ci.glenwood-springs.co.us.Construction reportfor Glenwood SpringsSewer main replacement is under way along the railroad tracks west of Roaring Fork Drive, south of the high school. Periodic closure of Roaring Fork Drive in the area will be necessary this week. Alternative routes are advised.Conversion of overhead to underground electric lines will continue in the front and back yards in the Park Drive – Polo Road Subdivision.The Electric Department will be pulling fiber optic cable on County Road 116, in north Glenwood, and on 27th and Glen Avenue. The Electric Department will also be pulling electric cable at 19th and Palmer for the new hospital addition construction and in the Western Pines Subdivision. They also will be working on Christmas lighting throughout Glenwood Springs.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 call 384-6427 or e-mail to try@ci.glenwood-springs.co.us. This column appears 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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