RFTA experiences X-treme ridership: 41,000 take bus
It was standing room only on Saturday, Feb. 1, when RFTA experienced its biggest day ever, with an estimated 41,000 people riding the valleywide bus system.”Even though RFTA was taxed to the limit, we were proud to be a part of such a successful event,” said John Hocker, RFTA operations manager.During the four-day X-Games event in Aspen, RFTA transported 22,000 riders on Thursday, 34,000 riders on Friday, 41,000 riders on Saturday and 27,000 riders on Sunday. On a typical winder day, system-wide ridership is 10,000 to 14,000.For the four days of the X-Games, RFTA carried 124,000 riders from Rifle to Snowmass/Aspen, taking more than 60,000 cars off the roads.RFTA had its entire fleet of 70 buses and vans in service at any given time.Ride Glenwood and RFTA Grand Hogbackpass informationDaily fare on the Grand Hogback is $4 one-way and $8 round trip between Glenwood Springs and Rifle. The Grand Hogback punch pass is $11.50 for $20 worth of rides, or $23 for $40 worth of rides. Ride Glenwood’s daily fare is $1 one way or $2 all day. A punch pass is $20 for 20 days. The monthly picture pass for Ride Glenwood is $18 for unlimited rides for Glenwood Springs Chamber members. A 20-day punch pass on Ride Glenwood is $18 for Chamber members.A combo monthly picture pass for the Grand Hogback/Ride Glenwood is available for $75 to the general public and $70 to chamber members’ employees. This pass is valued at $176 per month. This combo monthly picture pass is offered to youth ages 6-18 for $45.Monthly picture passes can be purchased at City Hall. Punch passes are available at Safeway, City Market, City Hall and the Chamber.For pass information contact Laura Mattson at 920-1905, ext. 207. For information on Commuting Benefits, go to http://www.apta.com or http://www.CommuterChoice.com. Construction reports for Glenwood SpringsGlenwood Springs Electric Department will be pulling wire at the County Road 117 intersection with County Road 116 and up Four Mile road to Red Feather Ranch.Cathy Tuttle is with the consulting firm of Tuttle Marketing and is the RFTA/City of Glenwood Transportation Marketing Alliance manager/consultant. For information call 384-6427 or e-mail to email@example.com. 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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