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Celebrate a car-free day on Earth Day

Cathy TuttleSpecial to the Post Independent

Tuesday, April 22, is Earth Day. This year, join millions of people and celebrate a car-free day on Earth Day. Ride the bus, save the Earth and win fantastic prizes.A 2002 study by the American Public Transportation Association says “use of public transportation by one in 10 Americans would lead to cleaner air and reduce U.S. oil dependency by 40 percent.”This independent study showed that increasing public transportation use is the most effective, and possibly the only way to improve air quality and reduce energy consumption without imposing new taxes, government mandates or regulations.”Conserving Energy and Preserving the Environment: The Role of Public Transportation,” concludes that compared to private vehicles, public transportation generates 95 percent less carbon monoxide, 92 percent less in volatile organic compounds, and about half as much carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxide, per passenger mile.Public transportation already saves more than 855 million gallons of gasoline a year. That’s equal to the energy used to heat, cool and operate 25 percent of all American homes annually, or half the energy used to manufacture all computers and electronic equipment in America annually.The study also found that for every passenger mile traveled, public transportation is twice as fuel efficient as private automobiles, sports utility vehicles and light trucks.For RFTA and Ride Glenwood bus schedule information, go online to http://www.rfta.com or www. tryglenwood.com.Earth Day raffle tickets will be distributed by RFTA bus drivers on upvalley and Grand Hogback service as well as on Ride Glenwood in Glenwood Springs on April 22. Listen for winning numbers on KSPN, KKCH, KNFO and KTUN or go online to http://www.kspnradio.com.Construction reportsfor Glenwood SpringsGlenwood Springs Electric Department will be pulling fiber up 117 Road (Four-Mile Road) to the new Fire Station. Work will also be conducted in the Park Drive area, replacing overhead lines, and today a crew will be digging on County Road 132.There will also be construction on the west wing street pedestrian mall adjacent to the Grand Avenue Bridge.Cathy Tuttle is with the consulting firm of Tuttle Marketing and is the RFTA/city of Glenwood Transportation Marketing Alliance manager/consultant. For information 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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