Bus it or bust
Dear Editor:Can’t find a place to park when you get in Aspen? Sitting in the bottleneck at Buttermilk? Good news! After three years of asking, we have a long-awaited decision made by the elected officials transportation committee of Aspen, Snowmass and Pitkin County.Finally … it’s free parking and free RFTA buses from Brush Creek intercept lot to Aspen or Snowmass and free bus rides between Aspen and Snowmass until early September.This decision is just in time as this coming winter Buttermilk skiers will no longer be able to use the free CDOT parking lot at Buttermilk to ski Buttermilk. The closest parking lot is Brush Creek and if the free service is not continued a round-trip bus ride is $4.In early September the elected officials will review RFTA’s free bus service from Brush Creek to Aspen or Snowmass and between Snowmass and Aspen to determine if the service is worth providing on a year-round basis based on usage during the month of August.I encourage all those who can to park at Brush Creek intercept lot and take the free, fast, fun and safe bus to Aspen or Snowmass.In the morning to Aspen the buses depart from Brush Creek every 15 minutes from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. In the afternoon buses depart from Rubey Park every 15 minutes from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. In between those hours the buses run every half hour from Brush Creek to Aspen or Snowmass on the hour and half hour.Buses to Snowmass are still on the same schedule from Brush Creek which leaves on the hour and half-hour all day. Riding the bus is a great way to get your day going!Toni KronbergAspen
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Warm and dry conditions to start the winter have kept all but the higher elevation slopes free of snow. That is expected to change by the end of the week and the avalanche hazard could start to climb, according to Colorado Avalanche Information Center.