City entrance plans on the web |

City entrance plans on the web

Aspen Times Staff Report

Anyone interested in knowing the city of Aspen’s take concerning plans for the controversial Entrance To Aspen project can find those plans on a new website on the Internet.

City staffers have constructed a website that offers a fair amount of information about the proposed project.

For example, there is a “slide show” that offers illustrations purporting to show what the proposed light-rail system would look like.

There also are explanations, diagrams and illustrations regarding seven key stops along the light-rail route from the Brush Creek Road/Highway 82 intersection to the Rubey Park Transit Center.

Viewers also have access to “issues briefs” on the issues surrounding the debate about light rail and its applicability to Aspen’s and Pitkin County’s transit needs, a listing of frequently asked questions about the system and the city’s responses to those questions, and connection to the city’s e-mail to pose further questions.

The website also offers links to a variety of other websites, ranging from local government home pages to information about manufacturers of light-rail cars and the federal funding mechanism known as TEA 21, which contains authorization for money to help pay to build a valleywide rail system.

And for those wondering about the use of light rail in other communities around the country, there is a link to the “Light Rail in the United States” home page.

Assistant City Manager Randy Ready said this week that the website is part of a general effort to get information out to local citizens and voters about the light-rail project. He said it cost the city about $6,000 to design the site and get it running.

Pitkin County voters may be asked in November whether to authorize construction of the light-rail project, using the county’s half-cent transportation sales tax to pay off some $65 million in financing.

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