RFTA will pare service, raise fares starting Tuesday
September 5, 2009
ASPEN – The Roaring Fork Transportation Authority will increase its cash fare by $1 and cut some service starting Tuesday.
The cash fare will increase about $1 per trip for travel in the Roaring Fork Valley and the Hogback route west of Glenwood Springs. There will be no increase for travel within one of RFTA’s travel zones.
The price of the punch passes, monthly passes and zone passes will not change.
In addition, RFTA will make minor service changes starting Tuesday on the Grand Hogback route; and to express, local and Snowmass direct services in the Roaring Fork Valley.
In a nutshell, four weekday runs between Glenwood Springs and Rifle will be eliminated and some weekend Hogback service will be eliminated.
In the Roaring Fork Valley, there will be reduced frequency of weekday early morning express service upvalley, and reduced afternoon and evening express routes downvalley.
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The agency will also delay the start of winter peak season services by 16 days this year, pushing it back to Saturday, Dec. 12.
RFTA is making the changes to partially offset a drop in sales tax revenues this year.
RFTA urges bus riders check its website to view the changes to the bus schedules because service at some specific times has been eliminated. Visit http://www.rfta.com and look for the link that says, “Details regarding our fare and route changes.”
An article in the Aug. 29 edition about Basalt resident Matthew Goodwin’s battle to keep his eyesight contained an error about the cost of his treatment. At one point in his struggle, Goodwin was facing a $14,000 procedure for each eye. However, Dr. W. Jay Hoffman of Hoffman Eye Care in Grand Junction performed the surgery and treatment for a discounted fee of $2,560.
The cost was covered by a $2,000 grant from the Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Bank, a $500 donation from the Basalt Lions Club and $60 from Goodwin, according to Basalt Lions Club member John Spencer. The donation of a new cornea from the eye bank had an additional value of $2,700.