Communities in Motion has lots planned for 2008
The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) announced today that Americans took 10.3 billion trips on public transportation in 2007, the highest level in 50 years, representing a 2.1 percent increase over the previous year.Public transportation is a key part of the solution to decreasing greenhouse gases and meeting our national goal of energy independence, said APTA president William W. Millar. When more people ride public transportation, there are more reductions in carbon emissions and our country is less dependent on foreign oil.To educate, promote and celebrate the benefits of public transportation, and to showcase how transit benefits communities, APTA developed a program called Communities in Motion, which RFTA (Roaring Fork Transportation Authority), Ride Glenwood, Aspen in-town service and Snowmass Village Shuttle joined together in 2003. Each year, these organizations sponsor events throughout the Roaring Fork valley to reward the community for using alternative transportation. This year, we will sponsor the following events: Bus Rider Appreciation Day, Bike to Work Day, Carpool Patrol Week and National Trail Day. Dates and times of these events will be announced on our Communities in Motion website at http://www.communitiesinmotion.net. Communities in Motion helps build support for public transportation by educating our community and decision-makers about public transportations role in the community. Public transportation provides opportunities for people from all walks of life. Access to public transportation gives people mobility, choice and freedom to accomplish what is important to them. For some, it is literally a lifeline that links them to their jobs, schools, medical appointments, shops and other services. Both individuals and community leaders are asked to become more active in education and advocacy efforts to promote the vital role that public transportation plays in Glenwood Springs and the Roaring Fork valley. Please join us as we celebrate Communities in Motion this year. For additional information on Communities in Motion in the Roaring Fork valley, visit http://www.communitiesinmotion.net. For RFTA and Ride Glenwood bus schedules, or information on purchase of RFTA bus passes or other alternative transportation options, call 384-6437 or e-mail try@ ci.glenwood-springs.co.us. Bus schedules/maps are also available by visiting http://www.rfta.com or http://www.ci.glenwood-springs. co.us and look under the transportation pages.Sabrina Harris is transportation manager for the city of Glenwood Springs.
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