RFTA is a great community asset | AspenTimes.com

RFTA is a great community asset

Dear Editor:

This letter is in response to the letter dated Feb. 9 from Martha Ferguson of Snowmass.

First, let me just say, most of us who have had a driver’s license for any amount of time cannot say we have not had a close call of one kind or another! I personally know I am not always on the top of my driving game. I can admit it.

Second, the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority provides this valley with not only transit, but peace of mind. Just a few weeks ago at X Games they transported thousands of people who over indulged in alcohol. Those people were not driving in the valley they were riding the bus. The peace of mind that most of the drunks in the valley know that whatever the fare, it is a hell of a lot cheaper than a DWI, is invaluable to me!

Third, the kids in our valley enjoy a freedom most of us didn’t have in our early teen years. They can jump on a bus and make it safely to a day of skiing or all the way down to the hot springs pool. The drivers help the kids make sure they get where they need to. Also, our disabled citizens are given back the freedom to get where they want, when they want to. My mother has been in a wheel chair for 10 years in another part of the country. When she needs to go to a doctor’s appointment she needs to make arrangements with the transit company a week in advance!

Let’s all think about what it would be like if RFTA took a weekend off. Good luck parking in Aspen, all the extra cars on 82, all the extra car exhaust in the valley, all of the teens in the valley driving their parents nuts for rides, and all of the drunks driving killer 82. RFTA improves the quality of life in this valley in so many ways I could not possibly touch on all of them in one letter!

Thank you to all of the RFTA drivers who have driven countless drunk’s home, keeping them off of the roads. Thank you for your smile when my kids and I get on the bus. Thank you for all of your patience with our lost tourists. Thank you for all you do for our wonderful valley!

Genie Johnson


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