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How to save money on your commuting costs

Transportation, Responsibility & YouSabrina HarrisGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

High gas prices coupled with a recessive economy are leaving people looking for alternative transportation to save money where they can. There is more than one way of arriving at a destination. Alternative transportation is more efficient than driving your vehicle everywhere. If drivers used alternative transportation, such as taking the bus, riding a bike, carpooling or walking, they could save hundreds of dollars. Riding the bus is most efficient and readily available source of transportation. It’s safer and easier than driving alone. From Rifle to Aspen and all points in between, RFTA will get you to work on time and with no stress. Riding the bus allows time for you to read, and lets you wind down from a busy day.Take your bike instead of your vehicle. This gives your vehicle rest and gives you exercise. Riding a bike is free and a healthy alternative when trying to save on fuel. It will cost you nothing to go the same distance that usually costs you $5.If you need to drive, share a ride with someone. It’s an effective solution to high fuel prices. Ride with co-workers who are going to the same location, instead of wasting your own fuel. Sharing a ride can save on transportation costs, and provides you with company during your commute. Carpooling is more flexible than the bus and such a viable option in the Roaring Fork Valley. Think differently about how you get around. Don’t drive if you can walk. Don’t make four trips in your car when you can combine it into one. Use the bus to get around town. Commute to Glenwood Springs by carpool. All small changes in travel behavior can make a big difference in congestion. Any trip made without your car is a benefit to you and our community. Enjoy the summer season by walking or biking to your destination. Try using the bus or carpooling to work, even if it is just one day a week. They are all cost-effective and easily accessible. Need assistance? No problem! I can help you find people to carpool with and can connect you with friendly people who are happy to show first-timers how to use the bus.For information about the city’s active transportation system and alternative transportation choices, please log on to, e-mail or call 384-6437.Sabrina Harris is transportation manager for the city of Glenwood Springs.

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