Rifle-to-Glenwood bus service is ready to roll – are you? | PostIndependent.com

Rifle-to-Glenwood bus service is ready to roll – are you?

With the combined effort of volunteers, board members, elected officials, and a vote of the people, bus service from Rifle to Glenwood Springs, with connections upvalley to Aspen, will be reality starting April 15.The first bus rolls out of Rifle at 5:20 a.m. and arrives at the Glenwood Mall at 5:59 a.m., with stops in Silt and New Castle. This bus then turns around to pick up a second group of riders from Rifle starting at 6:56 a.m., arriving in West Glenwood at 7:35 a.m. and continuing to City Market and the Roaring Fork Marketplace by 7:46 a.m. and 7:50 a.m.The evening bus service departs the Glenwood Mall at 5:09 p.m. and 6:09 p.m. with estimated arrival in Rifle at 5:46 p.m. and 6:46 p.m..If you are a frequent mass transit rider then you are familiar with the ridership procedures. If not, here are a few helpful hints. RFTA and Ride Glenwood buses are fast, reliable and give you a stress-free way to get where you want to go. Whether you are going to work, shopping or visiting a friend across town, a bus can get you there.First, collect schedule information. Bus schedules are distributed throughout Glenwood Springs.For additional assistance call RFTA at 925-8484 or go online http://www.rfta.com.For Ride Glenwood, call 945-6027 or go online at http://www.ci.glenwood-springs.co.us. Times and locations of bus stops can be collected this way, or simply look for the closest bus stop sign.Plan ahead to arrive at Park & Ride locations in time to make your bus. Remember, it’s a good idea to get to your stop a few minutes early.Before getting on any bus, always verify the route either through the sign on the front of the bus, or if in doubt, ask the driver. As you get on the bus, drop your money in the fare box next to the driver, or present your punch pass.One-way service on both Ride Glenwood and RFTA in Glenwood Springs is $1. RFTA’s new service from Rifle to Glenwood is $4 one way. Punch passes are sold at City Market and Safeway. They can save you 40 to 50 percent. Additional pass outlets will be available later. Take your seat and relax, but watch for your stop. If you are traveling with children, make sure they remain seated during the trip. Strollers should be folded and stowed out of the way. When you are ready to get off the bus, pull the cord or ask the driver for the next scheduled stop. Riding a bus gives you extra time to work or take a nap break. You arrive at home or work more relaxed and ready to meet life’s next opportunity.”TRY” alternative transportation options whenever possible to support the quality of life in our community. Transportation Responsibility & You, one day at a time, one trip at a time!Weekly construction report for Glenwood SpringsGlenwood Springs’ Fiber Optic Backbone project continues throughout the city. Some delays may occur. For information contact Glenwood Springs City Hall at 945-2575 or go online to http://www.ci.glenwood-springs.co.us.Weekly 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 lanes. More information is available at http://www.sh82.com.Cathy Tuttle is with the transportation team of Kaup/Tuttle, LLC, transportation consultants for the city of Glenwood Springs. For additional information, call 928-6027 or e-mail to try@ci.glenwood-springs.co.us. This column appears every Monday to explain how each person in our community can make a difference in our quality of life – one day at a time!

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