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Save the Canary first

Dear Editor:I have not heard one word from any Aspen candidate for mayor or the council address the effect of the “Entrance” meeting the goals of the Canary Initiative. Are you about the environment or are you about politics?1. How does the Canary affect the preferred alternative?a. Two lanes for cars and two lanes for HOV/bus plus rail. This puts cars and diesels in the same single lane!b. Cut-and-cover bridgec. Aspen vote for crossing Marolt Open Spaced. Will this reduce the backup? Noe. Will this reduce CO emissions? No2. How does the Canary affect the unrestricted four lanes?a. Four lanes for cars and buses plus rail. Buses have pull-outs to make pickups to get out of the way of traffic.Bus lane on Main Street? Yes. This is two of the seven lanes. Rail on Main Street? Yes. This leaves five lanes for cars and diesels.b. Cut-and-cover bridgec. Aspen vote for crossing Marolt Open Spaced. $2 million for environmental impact study. I believe the City and CDOT are holding this over the voter’s head as blackmail to get the “Preferred Alternative,” which I call the “Expedient Alternative.”3. How does the Canary effect the no traffic light at Seventh and Main? A traffic light here has the effect as the current “S” curve, hindering flow and backing up idling cars and diesels spewing CO.4. How could the Canary be affected if the Cemetery Lane traffic would go directly to the current roundabout and not Seventh and Main traffic light?5. Will 2, 3, and 4 be the best to reduce the backup? Yes.6. Will 2, 3, and 4 be the best to reduce CO emissions? Yes.Say no to bus lanes!Say no to the preferred alternative!Let’s talk environment first, not just buses.Anything we do now is better than what we have, however, Aspen deserves the best! I sure don’t want to see the Canary die.Jay “Canary-Bird” LeavittCarbondale

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