Rethink airport transportation plan
Ryan Summerlin November 19, 2012
I have attended several of the workshops on the airport master plan and have given much thought to the plan.
A particular issue is that of how to create viable public transportation that not only serves the needs of the airport and security but also serves the needs of the traveling public and perhaps even expands the use of public transport to and from the airport.
It seems to me, as a user of the current bus system, that the bus must get passengers and luggage to and from the airport if we are to encourage its use. A drop-off on the other side of the highway (if you’re coming from Aspen), a crossing either above or below the highway and another 200 to 300 yards to the doors is a schlep! Not to mention that many passengers have extra baggage such as skis to tote, making it virtually impossible to negotiate the crossing alone.
I suggest that bus service be incorporated into the airport drop-off, not placed on Highway 82, thereby encouraging traveler use, removing congestion from 82 and avoiding costly highway over/underpass construction, avoiding more construction delays on 82 while it’s built and possibly using construction funding for the airport directly for the transportation service to and from.
Our bus system should be designed to serve the riders, not just facilitate bus movement up and down 82.