Cdale park-and-ride ready to roll
August 30, 2007
CARBONDALE The Roaring Fork Transportation Authoritys Carbondale park-and-ride lot on Highway 133 (across from Alpine Bank) will be put into use immediately following the Labor Day weekend, beginning Tuesday, Sept. 4.At that time, RFTA buses will begin using the park-and-ride instead of the Cowen Center stops. Passengers who previously used the Cowen stops should catch the bus at the new park-and-ride. The stops on Main Street (the pool and Subway stops) will continue to be served by all RFTA buses.Buses will stop for anyone standing at the former stop in front of Garcias, RFTA communications manager Silvia Cranmer said. However, that practice will be temporary, ceasing after riders get used to the new park-and-ride stop, she said.The traffic light at Village Road and the park-and-ride entrance was expected to be fully functional starting this week.Everything is all set as far as infrastructure, the emergency phone, lights and all that, project manager Tom Newland said.RFTA also worked with the town of Carbondale to alleviate a drainage problem on the corner of Highway 133 and Village Road in front of Buggy Works that wasnt part of the original project.We put in curb and gutter and drainage and alleviated that drainage problem, which is good for everyone, Newland said.Meanwhile, fall RFTA service is being cut back on weekends and evenings to hourly on Saturday and Sunday, and hourly after 8:30 p.m. on weekdays. The detailed fall schedule will be posted on http://www.rfta.com and at bus stops with specific departure times beginning Tuesday.Buses headed downvalley (toward Glenwood/Rifle) will serve the park-and-ride on the inbound, and upvalley buses will serve park-and-ride passengers on the way out of town. Service will be provided every 30 minutes Monday through Friday for most of the day. The schedule will be as follows:Upvalley busesCarbondale pool: 6:05 a.m., 6:35 a.m., 7:05 a.m., 7:35 a.m.Carbondale park-and-ride: 6:08 a.m., 6:38 a.m., 7:08 a.m., 7:38 a.m.Downvalley busesCarbondale park-and-ride: 7:08 a.m., 7:38 a.m., 8:08 a.m., 8:38 a.m.Carbondale pool: 7:11 a.m., 7:41a.m., 8:11 a.m., 8:41 a.m.For more information about all RFTA routes, call 925-8484.