You needn’t use mass transit to benefit from it
On Oct. 16, RFTA, Ride Glenwood, Aspen in-town service, Snowmass Village Shuttle and The Traveler will join together to celebrate Communities in Motion and ask individuals and community leaders to become more active in education and advocacy efforts to promote the vital role that public transportation plays in Glenwood Springs, the Roaring Fork Valley, Colorado and the United States. Communities in Motion is a 2-year-old program developed by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). Communities in Motion is the public transportation industry’s day to educate, promote and celebrate the benefits of public transportation. Public transportation plays an important role in our community and benefits both those who ride and those who don’t.Public transportation helps the 14 million Americans who ride public transportation daily by getting people to work safely, on time and in an affordable manner. It is estimated that 25 million Americans are using public transportation frequently, but not on a daily basis. Of these 25 million Americans, 54 percent are using public transportation to get to work, 15 percent ride to get to school, 9 percent use it to shop and 5 percent use it to get to medical appointments. Riding the bus is 91 times safer than car travel. Public transportation helps those who do not ride by creating jobs: for every $10 million invested in capital projects for public transportation, more than 300 jobs and a $30 million gain in sales for business is realized. Public transportation also fosters livable communities by providing opportunity, access, choice and freedom, all of which contribute to an improved quality of life.Public transportation helps promote cleaner air by reducing automobile use. For each mile traveled, transit vehicles emit fewer pollutants than single-passenger automobiles. Public transportation use avoids the emission of 126 million pounds of hydrocarbons (smog) and 156 million pounds of nitrogen oxides (which cause respiratory disease). Public transportation saves 1.5 billion gallons of gasoline per year. RFTA is the state of Colorado’s second-largest transit agency, providing excellent transportation to residents of our region. Those who ride the bus see the benefits directly and those who don’t feel the benefits indirectly. Support public transportation and ride the bus today!TRY public transportation one trip at a time, one day at a time, one week at a time.City of Glenwood SpringsTransportation UpdateConstruction work will continue along the west side of Grand Avenue all week for the water line replacement construction project from 8th to 10th Street.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 construction project. Parking is prohibited along the west 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.Street closures will continue on 23rd Street at Highway 82 and across the intersection on South Grand Avenue at Highway 82. These streets will remain closed while utilities are being upgraded and improvements are being made to the intersection.County Road 117 (Four Mile Road) at the Airport Road intersection will have single-lane traffic Oct. 8-10 due to sewer main repairs. You can expect traffic delays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.Water line and street reconstruction has been completed on Walz Avenue. Thru 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 doing some shoulder work on Mitchell Creek Road and on 19th and Blake Avenue replacing fiber optic cables.Melissa Laeser is the transportation manager for the city of Glenwood Springs. Cathy Tuttle is with the consulting firm of Tuttle Marketing and is the RFTA/city of Glenwood Transportation Marketing Alliance consultant. For additional information please call 384-6437 or e-mail to email@example.com. 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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