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More high hopes

Dear Editor:

High hopes for Lift 1A? When the developers of the project and the COWOP task force agreed to revisit the concept of bringing the ski lift farther down the mountain for easier skier access, members of the public cheered. What a great community benefit! What could be more green than an aerial lift?

The idea of a moving sidewalk and escalators is also a very green, efficient and fast way to get guests, worker bees, museum visitors, volleyball players, restaurant patrons and lots of foot traffic up and down Aspen Street. Another great benefit!

One component of the transportation puzzle is missing: How to get all those people in and out of Aspen Street without increasing pollution, traffic, gridlock and accidents? Now what could be the community benefit from all that traffic?

You guessed. An aerial “people mover”/gondola from Aspen to Buttermilk. Can this really happen? How can it happen? Where would it happen? Can you help?

Please attend the Monday, Nov. 17, work session scheduled with Aspen City Council at 5 p.m. A presentation will be given to council on the community benefit of the proposed aerial “green” alignment between Aspen and Buttermilk. Tramway consultant Chuck Peterson will answer questions.

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Soon a petition of support for the aerial connection between Buttermilk and Aspen will be circulated. High hopes for sure!

Toni Kronberg

Aspen

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