RFTA wins 3 state transit awards | PostIndependent.com

RFTA wins 3 state transit awards

Sabrina HarrisPost IndependentGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

The Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA) received statewide recognition from the Colorado Association of Transit Agencies (CASTA) when it won three awards – Large Transit System of the Year, the Transit Marketing Program of the Year and the Transit Administrator of the Year – at the annual 2009 Awards Banquet in Snowmass Village. CASTA’s Executive Director Elena Wilkens named Dan Blankenship, general manager and CEO of RFTA, as the 2009 Transit Administrator of the Year. The award recognizes Dan’s outstanding transportation achievements over the past year; however it also recognized Dan’s 20 years of dedicated service as RFTA’s CEO. Dan has been a leading force in advancing public transportation locally and nationwide. Although RFTA serves the Colorado River and Roaring Fork valleys on the western slope of Colorado, Dan has been our voice in advocating transit with local, state and federal legislators. His incredible wealth of knowledge, transit insight and wisdom inspires everyone around him. Dan’s dedication, leadership, vision, phenomenal work ethic and innovation make him one of a kind. You could not find a more deserving recipient of this award.Dawn Mullally Chase, RFTA’s creative marketing manager received the Transit Marketing Program of the Year Award for RFTA. Dawn was credited for effectively marketing transportation alternatives throughout the 70-mile region from Rifle to Aspen. In the past year, Dawn has instituted Twitter to inform the public to up-to-date transit information, created “Kid’s Summer Activities” map along the bus route and implemented promotional campaigns, such as “Be a Local Hero” and “Be Green, Ride the Bus” to encourage and promote riding the bus. Dawn also markets Ride Glenwood for the city of Glenwood Springs. RFTA also received the Large Transit System of the Year award, recognizing RFTA for its innovative and outstanding services to the community in supplying safe and reliable service. The agency was cited for its development in their Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project; the construction and completion of the Rio Grande Trail, the continuous 44-mile multi-use trail between Glenwood Springs and Aspen; its successful service in four I-70 communities including Rifle, Silt and New Castle; and for promoting a cooperative approach to meeting the Roaring Fork Valley’s transportation needs. RFTA has been a leading force in the transit industry, and it shows through the awards they have received over the years. RFTA also received this award in 2003 and 2006.Congratulations to Dan, Dawn and the RFTA staff. Keep up the great work!

CDOT’s Exit 116 Project: Sixth & Pine: Putting in the island and adding an additional right turn lane. Work to be finished by the end of the week. Grand Avenue Bridge: Work done at night (8 p.m. to 5 a.m.). One-lane traffic only with flaggers. Delays expected. Work to be finished by the end of the week. Additional new work: Exit 116: CDOT expanded the Westbound exit lanes to two. No-Name Tunnel: Diamond-grinding has been completed on the westbound tunnel. Still working on the eastbound tunnel. Work to be finished by the end of the week. Milling/Overlay: All milling and overlay will start Monday, Sept. 28. This work will be done at night. They will start at the exit ramps and work their way to the Grand Avenue Bridge. Sunlight Bridge: The concrete pavement project from the roundabout to the Sunlight Bridge is expected to be open to through traffic on Monday, Sept. 28. For more information please contact the city of Glenwood Engineering Department at 384-6435. Devereux Road: The Devereux Road Pedestrian Bridge project has begun. Devereux Road will be down to single-lane traffic through the work zone on Wednesday, Sept. 23, and Thursday, Sept. 24. Flaggers will be utilized. South Glenwood Route: Due to the construction of the roundabout on Midland Avenue and 27th Street, the South Glenwood bus has been diverted down Midland Avenue to downtown until Tuesday, Sept. 29, or until construction has been completed. For details on the alternative route, call 384-6437. Donegan Road: The reconstruction of Donegan Road Phase 3 has started and will be substantially complete by Nov. 30. This phase will be similar to the last with the roadway being widened and new sidewalk and retaining walls being constructed. Travel on Donegan for vehicles and pedestrians will be restricted at times. Local residents within the construction zone will receive postings on their residences when conditions change or special instructions are appropriate. There will be no through traffic between Fairview Drive and Sunny Acres Road during this phase of reconstruction. The closure of Donegan that preceded this work was the relocating and underground installation of the electric, phone and cable TV that serves the area.Should you have any questions or concerns you may contact the city of Glenwood Springs at 384-6435.For updates on these construction projects and maps of the construction areas, visit the city website at http://www.ci.glenwood-springs.co.us and click on the “Engineering Projects” link.Sabrina Harris is transportation manager for the city of Glenwood Springs.

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