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Join Commuter Club, save gas, reduce stress and maybe win prizes

Transportation responsibility & youSabrina Harris

Commuter Club is removing cars from our roads and making it easier to travel through the valley. Members are from Parachute, Rifle, Glenwood Springs, Basalt and Carbondale and commute using alternative transportation through Glenwood Springs. Members are walking, biking, carpooling and riding the bus and are getting rewarded for doing it.If you bus, bike, walk or carpool to work, you can win great prizes too by joining Commuter Club, a free program provided by the cities of Aspen and Glenwood Springs. Benefits include eligibility for Commuter of the Year and Employer of the Year status. Meet 2008s Commuters of the Year! Our first commuter is Donie Grange. Donie has commuted between Glenwood Springs and Snowmass Village by bus for more than 30 years. This dedicated Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA) rider travels to his job at Challenge Aspen on RFTA because its safe, fun and affordable and you cant beat the scenery. The bus also keeps Donie sharp hes able to read a book a week during his commute. Stephanie Swan is our second commuter of the year. Stephanie commutes from Basalt to Aspen by bus or carpool every day. Its a smart financial move because her employer, the St. Regis, pays for part of her bus pass, and shes able to save money on gas, car maintenance and parking. The ride gives her time to relax, and Aspens new bus lanes let her zip by traffic. Both winners will receive a gift bag full of great commuter gear and two blind faith passes for the Jazz Aspen Snowmass 2009 season. These passes provide entry to all Jazz Aspen June and Labor Day concerts. Aspen Valley Hospital and Holy Cross Energy are our 2008 Employers of the Year. Both were selected by Commuter Club as 2008s Employers of the Year because they provide great alternative transportation benefits to employees and are great places for commuters to work. Aspen Valley Hospital covers 50 percent of the cost for employee bus passes and also provides carpoolers with daily financial incentives. In 2008, the hospital purchased two mini-vans employees use to share their commutes. Also in 2008, the hospital used grant funding to purchase an employee bicycle fleet and YakTrax to encourage biking and walking. All alternative commuters are entered into a prize drawing each month.Holy Cross Energy provides walking, biking, carpooling and bus riding employees with a monthly financial reward on their paychecks. The company owns two small buses that bring employees from Silt and Rifle into Glenwood Springs each day. In addition, employees who use an alternative mode of transportation to work 75 percent of the time can earn up to one full day off of work. Both employers will receive a commemorative plaque and $300 towards a commuting employee appreciation event. If you regularly use alternative transportation, the cities of Aspen and Glenwood Springs would like to invite you to join Commuter Club and be rewarded for the way you commute. Those interested in changing commuting habits, saving money on transportation costs, or preserving our quality of life are encouraged to join. We can match you with other carpoolers or find you a bus buddy to help with your first trip. If you are interested in being a part of the solution to our congestion problems, then Commuter Club is for you. Be rewarded for using alternative transportation. All you have to do is be a member. Its easy, and best of all its free. Join today at our website at New members will receive a welcome packet in the mail including information on transportation, membership gifts and a membership card which qualifies members to get special discounts and deals when presented at Commuter Club events throughout the valley. For the latest Commuter Club information and to view the latest newsletter, visit our web site at and click on transportation, then Commuter Club. If you have questions about Commuter Club, or other transportation issues, please call 384-6437, or e-mail for more information.Sabrina Harris is transportation manager for the city of Glenwood Springs.

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