Letter: Student-led solution
I am writing this letter on behalf of Glenwood Springs High School to let you know that we have come up with a small but well thought-out solution to the traffic trouble that will occur when the bridge construction begins in August.
We have thought about demanding that students ride the bus if they have available routes provided for them near home. We should make it unavailable for parents to drop their kids off at school and not let students drive to campus if they do not meet the requirements.
We will ask of those who live close enough to the school to walk or bike. We as students will do our best to cooperate. Not only that, but we [need] to limit use of our 178 student parking spaces to only 55 being used, and you must live a certain distance away from the school and must have at least one other person in the car. Students must car-pool and staff will do their best to car-pool, as well.
We made a call down to the bus barn where we were informed it would not be an easy task but that it wasn’t impossible. We would need to increase the amount of buses and routes, but we think it is manageable. One bus with around 60 students is better than 60 cars out on the road.
The goal in general is to reduce 35 percent of the traffic on the roads or we will be looking at a one hour delay at least. If we settle our goal of 35 percent reduction, we will only be looking at a 15-minute delay. Here at GSHS, we will be reducing a little more than one-third of the cars here.
We are doing our part. If everyone can contribute to reducing at least one-third of the cars in their companies or jobs, etc., we can reach our goal as we have been informed by various traffic instructors and monitors of the Grand Avenue construction.
Mayra Molinar Maldonado
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