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Trails part of RFTA’s road map for valley

Cathy TuttleSpecial to the Post Independent

The Roaring Fork Transportation Authority’s goal is to create, operate and maintain a public transportation system and trail network that serves the residents and visitors of the Roaring Fork and Colorado River valleys. In 2002, RFTA served 3.45 million passengers from Rifle to Aspen, prepared for the future with the completion of the Corridor Investment Study for Bus Rapid Transit in the Highway 82 corridor, and developed and implemented a strategic plan.Maintenance of Glenwood Springs Ride Glenwood buses became easier with the completion of the new Glenwood Springs maintenance facility. The completion of this facility also enabled RFTA to begin operating the Grand Hogback service from Rifle to Glenwood.From December 2002 to February 2003, ridership on the Grand Hogback increased by 32 percent and now reaches capacity on the trip that leaves Wal-Mart at 4:59 p.m.The Grand Hogback service will experience a few changes in April. Four trips will start or stop at the Glenwood Mall that previously traveled through Glenwood. The time saved will allow a new 7:07 p.m. bus to run from the Glenwood Mall to Rifle. The new schedule will start April 14. Transportation services are also needed in times of emergency, as in June 2002, when staff and equipment from RFTA assisted with the evacuation of residents of West Glenwood during the Coal Seam Fire.RFTA’s special projects efforts included successfully providing transit services for the X-Games at Buttermilk and the Labor Day Jazz Fest at Buttermilk.Through the trails division of RFTA, a weed management plan was completed and one mile of trail was completed in Carbondale. Staff was also able to negotiate an agreement with Bair Chase Ranch to build and maintain 2.2 miles of trail.For bus schedule information call 925-8484 or 928-8272, or go online to Construction report for Glenwood SpringsGlenwood Springs Electric Department will be pulling fiber in the 800 block of Grand-Cooper alley and working on the shoulder up Four Mile.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 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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