Give western county bus route ‘TRY’ for fre April 15-21
Recently the Transportation Responsibility & You (TRY) Stakeholder Committee conducted an employee survey with 353 surveys being completed. Of those surveyed 40 percent live within 5 miles of their work with the bulk of the remaining employees commuting between 6 to 45 miles per day. The average commute distance is 13.3 miles. The majority of these individuals drive alone. Over 30 percent replied that they may be interested in riding the bus as an alternative to driving alone. Items that would encourage them to use the bus for their commute were: a free bus pass, a bus stop or Park-and-Ride facility near their home, bus route and scheduling information, and buses running more frequently.Starting April 15 commuters from Rifle to Glenwood will have the opportunity to take advantage of these items by hopping on either RFTA’s Grand Hogback service from Rifle to Glenwood or taking advantage of Glenwood’s new and improved bus schedule.”Service between Rifle and Glenwood Springs was one of the big reasons the transportation authority was formed. The service moves us toward our goal of making transit a viable option throughout the region,” commented Alice Hubbard, RFTA director of development. “We hope commuters give it a try, and let us know what they think.” Ride the Grand Hogback route for FREE April 15-21.Also, starting April 15 Ride Glenwood’s bus service’s new time schedule will go into effect. The main reason for this time change is to stagger Ride Glenwood buses from RFTA’s service traveling through Glenwood, providing more options per hour than people have right now.”We reworked the Ride Glenwood schedule to make better use of the RFTA buses that travel on Grand Avenue,” commented Shelley Kaup, transportation engineer manager/consultant. “The result is that we have more frequent service along 6 & 24 and Grand Avenue utilizing the Ride Glenwood and RFTA service.”For more information on the Grand Hogback schedule and fares contact RFTA at http://www.rfta.com or call 925-8484. For Ride Glenwood contact the city of Glenwood at http://www.ci.glenwood-springs.co.us or call 945-2575.”TRY” alternative transportation options whenever possible to support the quality of life in our community. Transportation Responsibility & You – one day at a time, one trip at a time!Weekly construction report for the city of Glenwood SpringsGlenwood Springs’ Fiber Optic Backbone project crews will be working on Devereux Bridge over I-70 on Wednesday, April 10. The Fiber Optic work crews will be starting 8th & Pitkin – School Street on April 15.Demolition work will continue at the old city operations site on 7th Street west of downtown. Traffic disruptions should be minimal, but watch for trucks and construction equipment entering and leaving the site. For more information contact Glenwood Springs’ City Hall at 945-2575 or go on-line to http://www.ci.glenwood-springs.co.us.Starting April 15, weather-permitting, crack sealing crews will start at the north end of Glenwood going west on Devereux Road then south on Midland to Glenwood Park. The last part of the project will be the core area of town. Work on arterial streets will not start before 9 a.m. and will stop by 4 p.m. In residential areas one-half of the street will be worked on per day. Work will start by 8 a.m. and continue until 4 p.m. Each neighborhood will be notified by door hangers the day before.Weekly construction report for the Colorado Department of TransportationThe Glenwood Canyon bike path is still officially closed for the winter season.On Highway 82 between Glenwood Springs and Aspen, Monday through Friday, from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., down-valley traffic will detour from Highway 82 at Gerbaz Way and use Lower River Road for 5.5 miles. Vehicles longer than 71 feet, wider than 8.5 feet and taller than 14.5 feet are required to wait at the CDOT checkpoint until 3 p.m. Up-valley traffic will use one lane of Highway 82. On Saturdays, traffic stops up to 10 minutes are possible in the up-valley or down-valley lane. More information is available at http://www.sh82.com.Cathy Tuttle is with the transportation team of Kaup/Tuttle, LLC, transportation consultants for the city of Glenwood Springs. For additional information please call 928-6027. Or e-mail to email@example.com. This column appears 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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