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Aspen Mayor Steve Skadron and former Councilman Torre will compete for the mayor’s seat in the May 5 election. This is part five in a six-part series with the candidates. (Read parts one, two, three and four at http://www.aspentimes.com.)
Today’s question: What does parking and transportation look like in Aspen in 10 years?
My goal has always been to lessen the dependence on automobiles in the city.
I’ve served on the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority board for seven years, and all policies and goals of (the organization) are dedicated to alternative transit options that reduce the use of cars. I’m personally most proud of my role in securing $24.5 million in funding to complete the valleywide, bus-rapid-transit service RFTA now offers, keeping RFTA the best and largest rural mass-transit system in the nation, as well as my support and leadership in moving the Rubey Park remodel forward. I continue to support our partnership in car sharing (Car-to-Go) and bike sharing (WE-cycle) to provide an efficient, multi-modal and integrated transportation system that reduces congestion and air pollution. City staff is currently working on transportation demand management methods and I believe we can find market-driven solutions that efficiently and sustainably move people to reduce traffic congestion.
Parking and transportation in Aspen in 10 years should take steps forward for all users. We should not continually eliminate parking in the core without strengthening alternatives. I am an advocate for improvements to the S-curves and roundabout to facilitate buses, bikes and, yes, auto traffic. We have talked about Entrance to Aspen improvements for 30-plus years. We should not bury our head in the sand and deny that improvements should be made. With public support and funding, we should plan to improve the existing corridor. This council has proposed to narrow the lanes on Castle Creek bridge and build a $2.7 million sidewalk. We should use a balanced approach to encourage less auto use while improving conditions for residents and visitors.
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The rebuild of the Paepcke Transit Hub on Main Street in Aspen this summer will cause traffic delays.