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End the gridlock

This letter is addressed to all of you commuting on Highway 82 this morning into Aspen.

You may be on a RFTA bus, or you just picked up the newspaper as your car came to a complete stop before the Aspen roundabout. You may be a passenger car-pooling, or you may have just arrived at your work after a long grueling commute. Regardless of where you are, or where you work in Aspen, I have a favor to ask you.

On Tuesday, Nov. 5, the voters of Aspen will again be asked a question with regards to the Entrance to Aspen. You can’t vote on that question. You may not be a registered voter here, but the decision we make will affect you forever.

As you may know, the voters will get to decide if they want to retain the S-curves or proceed with a modified direct alignment across Marolt, which will speed traffic and allow for mass transit improvements.

Tell your boss, your fellow employees, your employees, your customers and your friends who do live in Aspen to vote for the “straight shot.” Tell them you don’t want to sit in traffic in the morning, tell them you want your RFTA bus to move more easily in and out of town, tell them you are sick of the traffic back-ups on Main Street every afternoon.

Tell them that it is not fair that you are forced to endure a traffic headache when a solution is so clear. Tell them that you want a solution that includes a quick and easy commute, no more bottlenecks and future mass transit options. Tell them that you, the people who commute here every day, are the “lifeblood” of Aspen, and without you our community would cease to function.

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This decision is on the “Entrance to Aspen,” but that entrance is the exit to your homes at night. There is no reason anymore that you should be needlessly delayed.

Please tell your friends and neighbors to support the modified direct alignment and end the traffic nightmare. If you, or they, have any questions about the entrance design, or its costs, it is contained in the Record of Decision, which is available from the Aspen City Manager’s office or at the Pitkin County Library.

Thank you very much for your help and support.

Tony Hershey

Aspen City Councilman