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Pick from plenty of carrots to get employees out of cars

Cathy TuttleSpecial to the Post Independent

The Glenwood Springs TRY Alternative Transportation Program will host an employer/employee transportation incentive forum with a free lunch from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 6, at the Community Center. Reserve your space for this program by calling 928-6027 by Tuesday.The roundtable discussion will focus on perks and incentive ideas. Programs and case studies offer various types of incentives to encourage the use of alternative modes, like transit, carpools, vanpools, bicycling, etc. Incentives can range from transit pass programs, which offer discounts and convenience in the use of bus transit options, to prizes and rewards. Incentives can be offered to commuters, visitors and businesses.In the TDM Development Program, the team of Urban Trans Consultants, Inc., Carter & Burgess and Washington Infrastructure Services identified the following incentive and reward programs.Commuters who use alternative transportation can receive cash for transportation expenses or pocket the money as a benefit of their travel choice. Employers can also offer time off or prizes for every day an employee uses an alternative mode to get to work. Employers can also provide additional amenities for these workers, such as priority parking spaces for carpoolers and lockers and showers for bicyclists and walkers.For those visiting the area or traveling to recreational destinations, there is the potential to offer specific incentives for using alternative transportation. By offering programs that continue to include Sunday-night-stay programs, area businesses can promote off-peak travel by offering discounts or package deals. Businesses that participate in programs designed to encourage alternative transportation can receive community recognition or additional incentives for their help. Businesses can be recognized in the local paper or other arenas for the participation. In addition, participating companies can receive extra incentives for the employees, such as discounted transit passes or access to a guaranteed ride home program. Construction report for Glenwood SpringsReplacement of the sewer line in Laurel Street will continue this week. Laurel Street is expected to be closed to through traffic north of 5th Street. Watch for detours around the construction area.Work will continue this week on replacement of the water main in Highway 6 in West Glenwood between Traver Trail and 135 Road. Construction activity is expected in the section of the project west of Donegan Road. Construction hours will be from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Short delays may be expected as flaggers alternately route one-way traffic through the construction area. A detour will be in place for westbound Donegan Road traffic at the Donegan and Highway 6 intersection.Eighth Street west of Pitkin Avenue will remain closed for reconstruction, as will School Street for 200 feet south of Eighth Street. Temporary parking is available on the north side of Seventh Street west of the railroad tracks (the old city shop site) and along the railroad tracks west of the new Detention Center (access is from Seventh Street on the north side of the Detention Center). Access to the back side of Glenwood Springs Elementary School and the Vogelaar Park ballfield is also available from Seventh Street through the area along the railroad tracks.Work will also continue on replacing the water main in North Park Drive between Grand Avenue and Polo Road. Access to local traffic will generally remain available during the construction. Through traffic is encouraged to use other routes.The Electric Department will be digging across Seventh Street at Colorado Avenue today, and excavating on the south side of Donegan at the Gamba Drive intersection. The Electric Department will be pulling wire at Western Pines Subdivision and Western Estates Subdivision and completing the old MOC parking lot job.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 Glenwood Springs. For information call 928-6027. 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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