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Transportation Responsibility & You

Melissa LaeserGlenwood Springs Transportation Manager

Commuters in our region are realizing that catching the bus is easy, convenient and a solution to their daily commute. Gas prices are increasing, commute distances are longer and more people are riding the bus than before.In the fall of 2003, local employees filled out a commute survey. The results showed that people commuting by bus increased 2percent from 2002 and people driving alone to work decreased 5 percent. It seems more people are finding the bus to be a good way to get to work. Thank you to everyone who commutes by riding the bus you are saving yourself money, reducing your stress and improving our quality of life!The bus is very convenient for typical commuters coming from western Garfield County into Glenwood and beyond. The bus leaves Rifle, Silt and New Castle and can get people to work in Glenwood or Aspen by 8 a.m. and leaves Glenwood or Aspen at 5 p.m. Some employers give transit passes as transportation benefits and Glenwood and Aspen Chamber member businesses receive a discount on RFTA picture passes. Ask your employer if you qualify.Bus riders can now buy RFTA punch passes at City Hall, Safeway, City Market and the Glenwood Chamber. Punch passes can be purchased for $24 for 40 punches or $12 for 20 punches. People can purchase Grand Hogback picture passes at City Hall. It is $77 for a monthly pass and $72 for Glenwood Chamber members. Valley passes allow you to travel between Aspen and Glenwood. These picture passes can be purchased at the Aspen RFTA facility.For information about bus schedules, purchasing bus passes, registering to find carpool partners or other transportation options, please call 384-6437 or e-mail updatesWork continues on the new downtown fire station at the corner of 8th and Cooper. There should be minimal traffic interruptions, but be alert for the detours on both 8th and Cooper adjacent to the project.Work is also continuing on a new commercial/residential building at the corner of 7th and Grand. Pedestrian detours may be expected periodically on the south side of 7th and on the West Wing Street.The Streets Department will be cleaning storm inlets in the center lane of Grand Avenue the week of March 21. No traffic delays are expected.The city of Glenwood Springs and Meldor Construction will be reconstructing the street and sidewalks for Park Drive south of Coach Miller Drive to Grand Avenue. The work will commence on Wednesday, March 24. Traffic will be limited to local residents only with slight delays at times. Weather permitting, the project should be complete by the first part of June.Valley View Hospital will be working in the intersection of 19th and Blake during the week of March 29. There will be times when vehicles wont be able to access 19th from Blake.The city will be starting the North Glenwood Sewer Improvement Project. Work will be taking place on 2nd, 3rd and 4th streets between Laurel and Pine over the next few months. There is a public open house about the project the evening of March 24 from 5-7 in the City Council chambers.

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