Letter: Think of a train, not cars
In my opinion Glenwood Springs finds itself in its current situation with CDOT and the bridge because the people of Glenwood have tried to keep it a small mountain town that maintains its character of the past.
With Aspen upvalley, commuter traffic will never go away or down in volume, and will most likely increase. If you go up on Iron Mountain and look, there is one corridor for a bypass. The Rio Grande rail (trail) corridor. RFTA just released a plan for access to this corridor. The only thing I read that makes sense is that RFTA will not allow any access (use) that removes the ability to return it to a rail line. Is RFTA way ahead of the curve in traffic management ideas?
A new bridge will facilitate current traffic volumes. If a bypass is also constructed, Glenwood will not be able to handle 20,000 cars a day through the heart of town, it will be able to handle 40,000. Why continue to perpetuate the problem?
Does Glenwood have a chance here to really do something great? I think so, but the people of Glenwood have to stop thinking about all the cars, and think about the people driving those cars. To make change, you must offer a better alternative.
Why not put a high speed train on the RFTA-owned rail corridor? Then RFTA could move the bus routes out to the I-70 corridor. Make it quicker for commuters to ride the bus and train than they can drive the same route.
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Build a better mousetrap. It works in other countries. Glenwood Springs needs to think about the 22nd century and not be so focused on the new bridge and 2018’s traffic. I know it’s a very expensive pipe dream, but what is the bypass plan at this point in time? Dream bigger.
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