Brilliant traffic plan
December 8, 2008
I am writing in response to Richard C. Goodwin’s letter, “Total traffic stupidity,” from Dec. 7, 2008.
In the weeks leading up to the opening of the new Maroon Creek Bridge and the new bus lanes, as I realized how things would pan out, I was in total agreement with Mr Goodwin: all that money spent, extra lanes and traffic backed up all summer. When the road was finally reopened, as I expected, there was no relief whatsoever to the impeded flow of traffic in and out of Aspen.
At first I was appalled, until I realized the effect on the ability of buses to cut through the bumper-to-bumper traffic, and for the first time in the 15 years that I’ve lived in the Aspen area, to actually stay on schedule during rush hour.
I currently reside at the ABC and frequently catch the bus into town. Recently, at about 8:30 one morning, I was waiting to cross Highway 82 to the airport bus stop. A friend of mine, in her car, crawling along in traffic, yelled out and offered me a ride. “No way,” I said, “I’m catching the bus, it’s so much quicker.” And it was. We passed her car within about 60 seconds of leaving the bus stop, and reached downtown Aspen in approximately 10 minutes.
I realize that backed-up traffic is a major contributor to pollution in this valley, and that the new bus lane system does little to directly address that problem. Finally, however, there is a solution to sitting in traffic and going out of your mind with frustration. Catch the bus, people! Rather than sit by yourself in your big truck or SUV, polluting the living daylights out of our beautiful valley, get your car off the road and take the bus. Fly past the traffic, arrive in town with a minimum of hassle and leave the road open to those who really have no other option than to drive.
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Thank you to those who came up with this brilliant plan.