RFTA plans new midday express | AspenTimes.com

RFTA plans new midday express

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN ” Bus riders traveling between Aspen and Glenwood Springs during the midday can make the one-way trip in an hour once the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority ramps up its winter service next week.

RFTA has announced it will launch the new “Zip Line” service on Nov. 22. The express bus will provide one-hour service between Aspen and downtown Glenwood Springs when, previously, only a slower, local bus was available. The local makes a multitude of stops and takes one hour and 23 minutes to complete the trip, when it’s running on schedule.

In past winters, the speedier express buses traveling the length of the valley have only been available during peak commuting hours ” in the morning for riders heading upvalley and in the afternoon for riders headed downvalley.

The Zip Line will offer a daily ride from Aspen to Glenwood, leaving Rubey Park in Aspen at 9 a.m. and arriving in downtown Glenwood at 10 a.m., making stops only at major park-and-ride facilities along the way. At 10:05 a.m., the bus will arrive in west Glenwood.

The bus will leave the west Glenwood park-and-ride lot daily at 2:45 p.m. (and downtown Glenwood at 2:53 p.m.), arriving at Rubey Park in Aspen at 3:50 p.m.

The bus comes in response to requests from riders for a midday express bus, which makes far fewer stops than a local bus. Its schedule will allow riders to head downvalley in the morning to shop in Glenwood and then return upvalley in the afternoon, according to RFTA.

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