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New bus service means schedule change

Beginning April 15, Ride Glenwood Springs and RFTA will pool resources to offer increased bus frequency through Glenwood Springs and additional downvalley service to Rifle. Ride Glenwood’s time schedule changes for inbound West Glenwood Mall to Mountain Valley/Glenwood Park will begin service at 6:50 a.m. and end service at 9:50 p.m. The outbound Mountain Valley/Glenwood Park will begin service at 6:44 a.m. and will end service at 9:44 p.m.The main reason for this change is to stagger Ride Glenwood buses from the RFTA service traveling through Glenwood, providing more options per hour than what people have right now. Watch the paper for ads with the new schedules, or pick up a schedule card on board the bus next week.The second reason for this time change is to mesh the new Grand Hogback Schedule (Glenwood to Rifle) with Ride Glenwood’s schedule and RFTA’s upvalley schedule so that people who need to transfer between buses can do so.The Grand Hogback bus service will be provided seven days a week except the 6:09 p.m. run from Glenwood to Rifle, which will only run Monday through Friday. The route will include bus stops in New Castle, Silt and Rifle, taking approximately 39 minutes in each direction. For more details contact RFTA at http://www.rfta.com or call 925-8484. RFTA and Ride Glenwood passes are tax-deductible to employers as well as tax-free to employees. Under federal tax laws, the benefit is available three ways: 1) as a tax-free, employer-paid benefit of up to $100 a month to the employee, 2) as an employee-paid pre-tax benefit, where employers allow employees to set aside up to $100 a month of pre-tax income, and; 3) as a shared cost arrangement where employers provide a portion of public transportation or vanpooling as a tax-free benefit and allow the employee to set aside pre-tax income to pay for the remaining amount of the benefit. For more information http://www.apta.com or http://www.CommuterChoice.comConstruction report for Glenwood SpringsGlenwood Springs’ Fiber Optic Backbone project will be pulling in overhead fiber on Donegan Road, and Highway 6 and underground fiber along the railroad tracks from 13th Street to 14th Street. Crews will be digging at 8th and Pitkin and School in front of the new City Hall.Demolition work will continue at the old city operations site on Seventh 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 online to http://www.ci.glenwood-springs.co.us.Glenwood Canyon bike path still officially closedFrom now through the end of April and possibly longer, the bike path at the west end of the tunnel (MP 125), west of Hanging Lake Rest Area (Glenwood Springs side) will be closed to all pedestrians and bicycles from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Crews will be sandblasting to remove the soot from the canyon tanker fire. The bike path will be open after 5 p.m. and on the weekends. CDOT will notify the public when the remainder of the bike trail can be opened for the season.Construction report for Highway 82Monday through Friday, from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., downvalley 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. Upvalley traffic will use one lane of Highway 82. On Saturdays, traffic stops up to 10 minutes are possible in the upvalley or downvalley 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 try@ci.glenwood-springs.co.us.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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