Great frustration with the merge | AspenTimes.com

Great frustration with the merge

Dear Editor:I enjoyed the “Great Race” article in last weekend’s Aspen Times Weekly, and I am writing to vent about how people handle the merge between Fifth and Sixth streets when leaving town on Main.It seems that, even though the city has created this wonderful new paint job and bus lane, nothing has changed (except for RFTA’s benefit – which I applaud, being a former RFTA driver), especially the way people line up and cut each other off if they are being passed by the left-laners.You idiots stacking up and blocking out in the right lane! If you were paying attention, you would realize that the signs and the giant painted arrows now require the LEFT lane to be the through lane and the right lane to yield and merge left. If you weren’t trying so hard to keep a maximum of 3 inches between you and the car in front of you to force somebody else to stop, you could see the pavement and the markings. I personally disagree with the layout (Why merge left to just swerve back into alignment with the right lane ?) but, unlike some other laws, traffic laws are generally conceived with ease and safety in mind, and it may be a bad idea to ignore them.Also, regarding the bus lane and the “private shuttle” comment in the article: No single company (i.e. RFTA) has exclusive rights to use the bus lane. As long as it is a commercial passenger “bus” capable of carrying 16-or-more people, it is legal according to the Colorado Department of Transportation (Main Street is a state highway).Josh Griggs Aspen

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