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Proud to ride the bus

Dear Editor:

One of the first things to strike me about the Roaring Fork Valley when I moved here, in 1994, was how easy it is to get around with out using a car. I had never imagined such a thing. Aspen and Pitkin County had the foresight in the 1970s to create a bus system that today has grown and expanded into all the downvalley communities.

RFTA needs all our support and votes to pass 4A! This will infuse it with money to purchase new equipment, hire more drivers and mechanics, and to protect the service level that is demanded today. The Rapid Transit plans will help meet the demands of future growth. With each new development the roads will become more congested, and the bus system more important to maintaining our quality of life. We live in a narrow gorge. There are only so many places roads can be built.

We are a tourist destination. Aspen’s four mountains can’t be beat. Glenwood Springs has become more and more of a tourist destination. What a great location. A river runs through it! It is on one of the busiest east-west freeways through America.

This bus system works. In the city of Aspen, there are bus lines to and from every sub division. Feeder buses to the park and rides in each community? Wouldn’t that be great?

Many times I have come across strangers who have commented on the great bus system they found while visiting the Roaring Fork Valley. The tourists don’t have to rent a car, they ride the bus. Millionaires, families, children, and commuters ride the buses. It makes me proud to live here. Amazing!

Please vote yes on 4A! This one is a no brainer. Just vote!

Susan Anderson

El Jebel


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