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GAPP is going to start tearing up your commute on Valentine's Day.Melissa Laeser, Transportation Manager

GAPP is going to start tearing up your commute on Valentine’s Day. Why not start loving your commute and making your life easier? You can be sharing a ride, saving money, making new friends and increasing your quality of life. Join Commuter Club and see what it is all about. Being part of the solution is easier than ever – and it’s free.Joanne Jimino, a RFTA rider, said, “If you’ve never rode the bus, sign up and give it a try. It is a good incentive to make use of the service.” Commuter Club members are eligible for free bus passes. There are approximately 150 members from Parachute, Rifle, Glenwood Springs, Basalt and Carbondale enrolled in Commuter Club, and more are joining every day. They commute using alternative transportation through Glenwood Springs by walking, biking, carpooling and riding the bus, and are getting rewarded for their choices. Andi Slade, a Commuter Club carpooler, said, “You can share stories with your carpoolers, have a few laughs, and be relaxed by the time you get home. If you are new to the valley, carpooling is a great way to meet people.” If you regularly use alternative transportation, join the Commuter Club and be rewarded for your commuting habits. Those interested in changing commuting habits, saving money on transportation, and preserving quality of life are encouraged to join, too. Carpooler Chad Filipski believes alternative transportation is more than just easing your commute. “War isn’t the answer. Carpooling, carpooling is the answer!” he said.Commuter Club members sign up online at http://www.ci.glenwood-springs.co.us and receive goodies, coupons and transportation information. To be eligible for prizes, members fill out an online log each week and must commute by alternative mode at least twice per week. “The commuter log is quick and easy to fill out and entitles you to be eligible for the prize drawings,” Darlene Livsey, a Rifle RFTA rider said. “The Commuter Newsletter keeps you informed and up to date on what is going on.”If you have questions about Commuter Club, GAPP or other transportation issues, please call 384-6437, e-mail try@ci.glenwood-springs.co.us or visit http://www.ci.glenwood-springs.co.us and click on Transportation for more information.Construction Updates:Kinder Morgan and CDOT will be working near the 14th Street intersection the week of Feb. 7. The eastern-most lane will be closed for a short section, but the intersection should remain open. Pedestrians may be diverted to the southern end of the intersection to cross SH 82. Please look for crews working.GAPP begins Feb. 14. Crews will be switching the lanes of traffic to the west side the night of Feb. 13. There will be one lane in each direction. Pedestrians will not be allowed to cross Grand Avenue at Ninth or 10th streets during this time, and will be diverted to Eighth or 11th streets. The Ninth Street bus stops will be relocated to the 11th Street stops. Please be aware and adjust your trips accordingly.Melissa Laeser is the Transportation Manager for the city of Glenwood Springs. Her column appears in the Post Independent every other Wednesday.Melissa Laeser is the Transportation Manager for the city of Glenwood Springs. Her column appears in the Post Independent every other Wednesday.


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