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Thank the RFTA drivers

Dear Editor:I am writing in response to the letter to the editor from Friday, July 8, titled “No wonder commuters skip the bus,” submitted by Aspen Village resident Karen Crepps.I grew up in the Roaring Fork Valley and am back for the summer after being gone for a couple of years. I frequently take the RFTA buses, commuting to Aspen from El Jebel as well as getting around Aspen with the free buses. I am of a different opinion about riding the valley buses.I found the statement, “The drivers are, without exception, grumpy and unfriendly,” to be inaccurate. The majority of my encounters with bus drivers are pleasant. Yes, there are a handful that appear to be consistently grumpy, but in my experience this is a minority of them. I found the comment about the buses being late interesting as well. It is my experience that when the bus is late in the summer, it is due to one of three things: 1) the backed-up traffic caused by the large number of people traveling alone in their cars, 2) an accident, and 3) construction. None of these delays are caused by the RFTA bus drivers.I strongly support RFTA and the high quality of public transportation that we have available to us in this valley. I encourage more people to leave their cars at home and ride the bus instead. This will decrease pollution and reduce traffic jams as well as allow time for reading or taking a nap while traveling. And remember to smile and thank the drivers, because they are people too, and you just might brighten their day.Alana MongeEl Jebel