Try carpooling to work
Are you driving to work alone? If so, you join a majority of workers in the Roaring Fork Valley who have long commutes and are wasting money by driving alone. The cities of Aspen and Glenwood Springs have a solution. Try carpooling. Carpooling is the simplest and most common ridesharing arrangement. Carpooling reduces the total number of commute trips made because each passenger, in addition to the driver, represents one less vehicle trip. Neighbors may work for different companies only a short distance apart, and employees often live near each other.The advantages of carpooling are that there is less stress commuting to and from work; the financial savings due to sharing commuting costs; reduces parking; increases free time for riders; if an HOV lane is available, trips may take less time; and reduces pollution due to emissions.Let our Carpool Patrol catch you carpooling the week of Aug. 25-29 and win great prizes. Drive through Aspen’s carpool kiosk (at the airport) or through Wal-Mart in Glenwood Springs from 6-8 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27, and be rewarded for ridesharing with breakfast treats and gifts. Random carpoolers will receive a variety of gift cards as well. Throughout the rest of the week, carpoolers can enter for prizes daily at http://www.communitiesinmotion.net. Carpooler license plates will also be called out daily on KSNO, so listen for your chance to win even more.Interested in carpooling? The cities of Glenwood Springs and Aspen urge you to join our carpool matching program. Together we offer free carpool matching to employees who work in Aspen or Glenwood Springs, or if you travel through either city on a daily commute. We can match you with other commuters from Rifle to Aspen interested in carpooling. Join today and save big by splitting the costs. One less car on the road means less pollution, which is good for your health and our environment. You also put fewer miles on your car, therefore reducing maintenance and fuel costs.If you have questions about carpooling, alternative transportation, Commuter Club or other transportation issues, please visit http://www.communitiesinmotion.net or call 384-6437. Construction updatesThe contractor at 27th and South Grand Avenue will be setting poles and arms for the new traffic signal Aug. 13-15. Some traffic delays can be expected in this area. Donegan Road Phase II Closure: Due to the replacement of utilities and construction of retaining walls above and below the road, Donegan Road will be closed to through traffic until Aug. 30. The closure is from the east side of Stoneridge Court to the east entrance to Fairview Drive Access to Cedar Crest Drive, and is detoured through Sunny Acres Road while the water main and snowmelt system are replaced. Access to the Orchard Lane Townhomes will be from the west end of Donegan Road. Weather permitting, the project should be completed by Sept. 1. The city of Glenwood Springs and Heyl Construction thank you for your patience during the construction.For updates on these construction projects and maps of the construction areas, visit the city website at http://www.ci.glenwood-springs.co.us and click on the “Construction Alerts” link.Sabrina Harris is transportation manager for the city of Glenwood Springs.
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