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Transportation Responsibility & You

Melissa LaeserTransportation ManagerSpecial to the Post Independent

Last Tuesday, bus riders throughout the region participated in passenger surveys. RFTA, Aspen Ski Co., the city of Glenwood Springs, the town of Snowmass Village and the city of Aspen encouraged bus riders to fill out surveys. Passengers were asked to comment on the ease, performance and convenience of the regions transit service. A big thank you to all who participated! RFTA is interested in what the public says. Passenger surveys allow transit agencies to make adjustments based on customer needs. Passengers are given the ability to comment on and suggest ways that the buses could better serve them. The results of the survey will show what the public wants and allow RFTA and local agencies to create the best regional transit system that meets the needs of its customers.If you were not on a bus or were unable to fill out the passenger survey, dont feel left out. Anyone can fill out a survey on RFTAs Web site, http://www.rfta.com, or you can pick one up at Glenwood Springs City Hall, Aspen City Hall or RFTAs Aspen facility. You do not need to be a regular bus rider to fill out the survey. Everyone from Rifle to Aspen is encouraged to participate. We want to hear from everyone bus riders and non-bus riders so we will know your ideas and incorporate them to make the best regional transit system. When you are paying a utility bill or if you stop by City Hall for any reason, let your comments about the bus system be heard. Fill out a survey and help create a customer-driven transit system.For information about bus schedules, purchasing bus passes, registering to find carpool partners or other transportation options, please call 384-6437 or e-mail try@ci.glenwood-springs.co.us.Construction UpdatesThe week of April 5, the Streets Department will be doing its annual cleaning of the Grand Avenue Bridge, pedestrian mall, Wing Street, and parking area under the bridge. This cleaning takes two days and there will be single-lane traffic over the bridge while it is being washed. We will start after the morning rush and be done before the evening rush. The Electric Department will be digging in conduit behind Safeway by the pedestrian trail so look for crews while walking or cycling. The Electric Department will be placing a Hot Spot antenna in the 800 block of the Grand-Cooper alley behind Centennial Park. It will be difficult for traffic to maneuver in the alleyway where crews are working.Work 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 city of Glenwood Springs and Meldor Construction are reconstructing the street and sidewalks for Park Drive south of Coach Miller Drive to Grand Ave. 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 April 5. Blake Avenue will be closed to through-traffic and buses will be rerouted during the week. The Sayre Park bus stop will not be serviced and the Valley View Hospital bus stop will be moved. Signs are posted at the bus stops. We apologize for any inconvenience.The city will be continuing work on 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.


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