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Letter: Colorado’s Grand Valley needs a gondola system

The Grand Valley is ripe for a gondola transportation system connecting communities together and to our tourism and recreational attractions. It would produce jobs, add economic incentive, be great marketing, contribute to our sense of the community, highlight some of our favorite points of interest, be open and accessible for all. It would also be a clean, state-of-the-art transportation system for the 21st century.

Utilizing local businesses and resources available, stations would be connected to each other via cable lines, taking gondola riders on a scenic, aerial commute to convenient locations in and around the Grand Valley. By branching off, there could be multiple locations in each community.

Extend gondola lines to the Visitor Center on the Colorado National Monument, the Bangs Canyon rest stop, Highline Lake State Park, Powderhorn, and the Nordic center. It will provide riders walk-out-the-door access to our amazing recreational opportunities and scenic vistas!

A gondola system would be a unique, alternative, local experience and attraction providing a useful public service in the name of Grand Valley economic development.

Ted Watkinson

Grand Junction, Colo.

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