New transportation manager takes wheel in Glenwood Springs |

New transportation manager takes wheel in Glenwood Springs

Melissa Laeser
Special to The Post Independent

I have always welcomed a challenge. As the new transportation manager for the city of Glenwood Springs, I am realizing the challenges that the city is facing.

My educational background is in mathematics. I have a bachelor’s degree in math from the University of New Mexico and I just received my master’s degree in applied statistics from the Colorado School of Mines.

I was employed as a traffic data analyst while in graduate school, which provided me with a strong background in traffic research.

I currently live in Carbondale with my husband, Lucas, our dog, Priscilla, and our cat, Portia. I am riding the bus to work daily and if you are a commuter, it is the only way to go!

My goals for this position include creating a better quality of life in Glenwood Springs from a transportation standpoint. This includes lessening traffic congestion, lessening parking congestion and creating attractive transportation alternatives.

I have begun to outline the long-range transportation plan for the city and am attempting to create a long-range bicycle and pedestrian plan as well. I will be active in the Intermountain Regional Transportation Plan as well as the 2030 State Transportation Plan.

I will be working closely with Cathy Tuttle, who is continuing to contract with the city on special projects for the RFTA/City of Glenwood Springs Transportation Marketing Alliance. She will continue to assist the city in marketing the Transportation Demand Management program and will be serving a bigger role in marketing regional transportation matters.

I look forward to the challenges facing me in this new position and know it will take a lot of dedication and hard work.

Through community support, feasible goals and long-term planning, the city of Glenwood Springs will become a more transportation-friendly town. As the TRY Program states: One day at a time, one trip at a time.

Construction report for Glenwood Springs:

There are no scheduled construction projects this week.

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