South Glenwood route set to begin
Starting May 1, free Ride Glenwood bus service will be expanding to South Glenwood. Glenwood Springs City Council approved the restoration of the feeder route last year to provide service to residents along Midland Avenue south of 27th Street.
South Glenwood bus service was terminated in April 2005, when City Council adopted the five-year Transit Operations Plan that changed the schedule, routes and times the buses operated. The city’s Transportation Commission and consultant, Landsman Transportation Planning LLC, created two five-year plans for Ride Glenwood Springs; one is the “coverage option” and the other is the “frequency option.” The coverage option focuses on serving a larger service area with less frequency, while the frequency option focuses on higher frequency in a limited service area. Both options assumed the service to be free to ride. Of these two alternatives, City Council chose the frequency option based on the assumption that all groups including the transit-dependent, tourists and choice riders could be best served by providing high-frequency service in the highest density corridor, even if it meant not providing neighborhood service to the whole city.
Since implementing this option, Ride Glenwood’s ridership has grown beyond 379,000 riders through the end of 2006, compared to about 150,000 for each of the three years before the operational changes. With this success, City Council has reconsidered its decision on neighborhood service based on the high level of interest from citizens in Glenwood Park, Cardiff Glen and the surrounding Three and Four Mile Road areas of Glenwood Springs. The plan is for the South Glenwood route to operate with 30-minute frequency from the Roaring Fork Marketplace to Cardiff Glen subdivision. The bus will run eight hours per day, Monday through Friday, with hours of operation from 6-10 a.m. and 3-7 p.m. This route will be serviced by a 15-passenger van until ridership requires more capacity. Watch for additional details in this column and advertisements in upcoming publications.
Sabrina Harris is transportation manager for the city of Glenwood Springs.
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