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RFTA, city of Glenwood win statewide transit awards

Cathy TuttleSpecial to the Post Independent

The Roaring Fork Transportation Authority and the city of Glenwood Springs/RFTA Transportation Marketing Alliance received statewide recognition from the Colorado Association of Transit Agencies at its annual awards banquet in Steamboat Springs.RFTA received the Large Transit System of the Year Award for its innovative and creative services to the community in supplying safe and reliable service. The agency was cited for extending service to four I-70 communities including Rifle, Silt and New Castle, for decreasing the traffic accident rate by over 30 percent since last year, and for promoting a cooperative approach to meeting the Roaring Fork valley’s transportation needs.The Transportation Marketing Alliance, made up of the cities of Aspen and Glenwood Springs and RFTA, received the Transit Marketing Program of the Year Award. The partnership was credited for effectively marketing transportation alternatives throughout the 70-mile region, from Rifle to Aspen, by joining forces and using partnerships to leverage additional resources from other community partners.Additional business sponsors included the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association, DDA, CORE, SGM, Holcim Cement, CDOT, Colorado Mountain Express and Amtrak.The campaign used slogans such as “How you get there matters,” and “TRY Another Way Day” to encourage residents to use public transportation, bicycles and other alternative forms of transportation to get to work and other destinations.Debera Stewart of Colorado Mountain College Senior and Disabled Transportation Services was named Transit Employee of the Year for her extraordinary contribution in the operation of the CMC transit system.CASTA serves as the public voice for transit provider agencies throughout Colorado, and for suppliers to the transit industry from around the United States. It is headquartered in Denver.Glenwood Springstransportation update-Construction work continues along the east side of Grand Avenue. The intersection at 8th and Grand Avenue will be closed on the east side for several days while the new water line is installed. Paving on the east side of Grand Avenue is tentatively scheduled for the end of the week. Motorists are reminded that left turns from Grand Avenue at 8th, 9th and 10th will be prohibited 24 hours per day for the duration of the water line replacement project.Parking is prohibited along the east side of Grand Avenue in the construction zone. Public parking is still available on the side streets and the public lots in the downtown area. All downtown merchants remain open for business. For specific construction updates, check the city’s Web site at http://www.ci.glenwood-springs.co.us.-County Road 117 (Four Mile Road) will have single-lane traffic Sept. 24-25 due to Kinder Morgan installing a new gas main. You can expect traffic delays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.-Water line and street reconstruction has been completed on Walz Avenue. Through traffic should be cautious in the construction area; there will be equipment on the street. There is some lawn restoration and sidewalk construction to be completed.-The Electric Department will be pulling wire up Four Mile Road with intermittent traffic delays. They will be placing conduit in the ground on Vista Drive and Mitchell Creek Road for the placement of overhead wires underground.Cathy Tuttle is the RFTA/city of Glenwood Transportation Marketing Alliance consultant. Information: 384-6437 or e-mail try@ci.glenwood-springs.co.us. This column appears every other 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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